Sterling K. Brown, the Emmy winner best known for his role in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, has landed the role of N’Jobu in Marvel’s Black Panther solo movie.
Described as a mysterious figure from T’Challa’s past, little is known about N’Jobu’s history with Chadwick Boseman’s titular lead, but with production due to commence imminently, it shouldn’t be too long before we learn the ins and outs of Brown’s newcomer. What we do know for sure is that the actor, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Christopher Darden in The People V. O.J. Simpson, rounds out Black Panther‘s formidable cast, one which also boasts Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba.
Following its introduction in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Wakanda will act as the focal point of Marvel’s Black Panther origins story, the fictional African nation in which Boseman’s T’Challa will look to establish his reign. Marvelites also got another glimpse of the high-tech nation during last year’s Civil War, and with a further three Marvel tentpoles coming in 2017 – namely Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok – we can surely look forward to some form of Easter egg or piece of connective tissue to tee up Black Panther‘s arrival early next year.
Headed up by Creed‘s Ryan Coogler – who directs from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole – Black Panther is expected to claw its way into theaters on February 16, 2018, and will act as the final standalone movie before the advent of Joe and Anthony Russo’s titanic Avengers: Infinity War. Look for that one to debut on May 4, 2018.