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Ryan Coogler in talks to direct Marvel's Black Panther

Story by Jack Foley

RYAN Coogler, of Fruitvale Station and Creed fame, is in talks to direct Black Panther for Marvel Studios.

The movie has already cast Chadwick Boseman as the main character, which would mark the first movie to feature a black superhero. And it would follow the debut of the character in next year’s Captain America: Civil War.

Black Panther, aka T’Challa, is the head of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. He was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the pages of Fantastic Four and became a long-serving member of the Avengers.

As yet, there is no synopsis for the stand-alone Black Panther movie itself.

If Coogler agrees a contract, the appointment would be seen as a major coup for the director, who shot to prominence with 2013’s Fruitvale Station, which starred Michael B Jordan as Oscar Grant, a Bay Area resident who was fatally shot by a BART Police officer.

He has since directed Rocky spin-off Creed, which has become a box office hit and a possible Oscar contender for leading man Jordon (as Apollo Creed’s son Adonis) and Sylvester Stallone, who reprises his role as legendary boxer Rocky Balboa.

Panther is currently scheduled to be released on November 3, 2017.

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