Phylicia Rashad Joins Marvel’s “Black Panther?

Production on Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” film is expected to get underway this weekend in Atlanta with an official announcement regarding the cast due any time now.

While much of the enormous talent involved has already been revealed, it appears one more name is rumored to have hopped onboard – “Cosby Show” alum Phylicia Rashad.

Fellow cast member and “The People v. O. J. Simpson” scene stealer Sterling K. Brown was doing an interview with the Disney & ESPN owned site The Undefeated when he was asked about the Ryan Coolger-directed Marvel Comics film. He apparently included her name when discussing the cast, but said name has since been deleted from the interview – an accidental inclusion or Marvel not wanting to spoil a surprise?

It wouldn’t be a surprise, Rashad had a small but key role as Adonis Creed’s mother in Coolger’s last film “Creed”. In a separate interview with ET Online, Brown praised the film’s script, saying it’s: “absolutely fantastic… [and asks] really provocative questions. It is politically astute. It is incredibly socially relevant… It’s not just an action film; it addresses the climate today of Africans and African-Americans – across the country and across the world – in a way that people will really be excited about.”

Brown’s character, N’Jobu, will have ties to the past of leading man T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). The “Black Panther” film is due in cinemas early 2018.