Marvel Studios have officially announced the beginning of production on Black Panther. Filming will take place in Atlanta (the current shooting location of Avengers: Infinity War) and South Korea.
The official news release, as seen on marvel.com, confirms that Andy Serkis will reprise his role as Klaw from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Serkis will not be the only actor returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Black Panther. Captain America: Civil War’s John Kani, Martin Freeman, and Florence Kasumba are all set to reprise their roles as T’Chaka, Everett Ross and Ayo.
The release also includes an updated, more detailed plot synopsis for the film:
“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Ryan Coogler (Creed) directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story). The film stars Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War), Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story) and Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).
The film opens in North American theaters on February 16, 2018.