With Marvel’s announcement that actor Chadwick Boseman will be taking on the role of Black Panther in two upcoming films (Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther), we thought it would be a good idea to get to know the actor better.
Here are five things to know about Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman.
He’s a playwright
Boseman is an accomplished theater actor and playwright with a handful of plays under his belt, including Deep Azure, which was nominated for a 2006 Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work.
He got his start on All My Children
As an All My Children alum, Boseman is in good company. Other famous actors who got their start with the daytime soap include Josh Duhamel, Christian Slater, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amanda Seyfried, Kelly Ripa and Carol Burnett.
He’s Marvel’s first lead actor of color
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This is actually a big deal because even though we have seen some casting diversity in the Marvel universe, Black Panther will mark the first time an entire franchise is centered on an actor of color. It’s about time. We’re very excited to see Boseman take command on the big screen in 2017.
You’ve probably seen him on TV outside of All My Children
Before coming to the big screen, Boseman guest-starred in a variety of popular TV shows, including CSI: NY, Law & Order, ER, Castle, Justified and Fringe (to name a few).
He played Jackie Robinson in 42
If you’re looking at that handsome face and imagining him in a baseball uniform, it’s probably because you recognize the actor from his breakout role in 42, the recent Jackie Robinson biopic costarring Harrison Ford. Boseman impressed audiences and critics alike with his compelling performance as the first African American baseball player signed to the Major League.
With a multi-picture deal signed with Marvel, we’re confident we’ll see a lot more of Boseman. But if you can’t wait for Captain America: Civil War to come out, you might want to check out the recently released Get on Up, in which Boseman plays James Brown.