For the past two years, ever since Marvel Studios had suggested a solo “Black Panther” movie was in developments, it seemed every blog tried to be “first” with the report that some young African-American actor that just broke through in Hollywood was under consideration to play T’challa.
When actor Chadwick Boseman scored the lead in baseball drama “42” and it proved a hit, it came as no surprise that his name popped up as a potential candidate. In a new interview with EW though, Boseman says the actual casting didn’t happen until very recently – literally only a few weeks before the announcement in late October:
“Not even a month. The real official conversations happened really quickly. I think there were rumors out there, but those were rumors. Maybe that’s a form of conversation, but it wasn’t an actual conversation, if that makes any sense.”
Boseman also spoke about the unconventional audition process and how he actually wasn’t an actor who was actively looking to be a part of a superhero movie:
“This was really the first. It wasn’t really an audition process. It was more of a discussion about what they wanted to do and how I saw it and what I wanted to do. It was more of a feeling out process and they’re really smart. I can’t talk too much about it – the only thing I can say is that they are smarter than you think they are. They have a lot of it figured out.
This is the part where I have to be quiet. Because the same way that surprise happened at the El Capitan Theatre, I feel like it all has to happen like that. I just know they’re really good at what they do. And it’s not like, ‘Oh, I can make a whole lot of a money playing a superhero, or anything like that.’
For me, I’ve always been a person that says I’m not really looking to put on a suit and become a comic-book person. It’s never really been something in my scope, as far as a goal of mine. I’m more the person that says, ‘I want to do these really cool independent films with great characters with great directors, or studio films that have critical acclaim.’ But I think with Marvel, you have the best of both worlds.”
Asked where the project currently sits and if there is a screenplay at this point for the solo film, he says:
“Honestly, I don’t think so. All of that is being come up with right now. How do they say that: My pay grade doesn’t reach that high.”
“Black Panther” is slated to hit cinemas on November 3rd 2017, but Boseman will first appear in character in Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” in May 2016.