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Djimon Hounsou Says ‘It Would Be An Honor’ to Star in Black Panther Movie

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Two-time Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou has strong feelings about playing a particular Marvel superhero. The Guardians of the Galaxy actor recently spoke with The Toronto Sun about his upcoming film Baggage Claim, but the conversation eventually turned to the subject of Black Panther.

“It would be an honor to be T’Challa,” Hounsou said. “It would have to be done right, given the history of that character and that comic.”

Hounsou knowns something about the character already, having voiced T’Challa in the motion comic/animated series produced by Marvel Animation and BET.

“I have a foot in the Marvel comics world now,” Hounsou said, referring to his role as Korath in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. “So we’ll see where they’re going to take that.”

A Black Panther movie has long been rumored, but there’s been no public movement on the project since Marvel hired documentary writer Mark Bailey to pen a screenplay in early 2011. Talk of a Black Panther film began as early as 1992, when Wesley Snipes announced interest in portraying the character in an Indiana Jones-style franchise. Development bogged down first at Columbia Pictures and then at Artisan Entertainment, all the while with Snipes still attached (as recently as 2002). But in 2005 Marvel reacquired the Black Panther license from Lionsgate, which bought Artisan two years earlier.


  • Alex W

    He’d definitely be my first choice.

  • Jasper

    I totally agree.

  • John

    Ever since I saw him in Blood Diamond, he’s been my first choice.

    But he’s nearing 50. They need to introduce him soon.

  • RingSpyder

    Perhaps he can be T’Challa’s Father

  • Sentry616

    Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje or GTFO

  • Evan Meadow

    Yes it would be an honor.

    But we want Idris Elba.

  • DaMak

    That’s how I feel. He’s WAY too old for the roll.

  • demoncat_4

    if nothing else hope black panther is a phase three film for Tchalla is long over due on the big screen and can see Djimon doing him right. come on marvel get black panther going.

  • LuiKang

    DJIMON would KILL AS T’CHALLA! Lets get this MADE!

  • LuiKang

    wrong… we DONT want him, and plus he already plays Heimdall.

  • Anthony Donovan Stokes

    he’s really not he looks the exact same age he did 20 years ago, he’s into martial arts, and he just did an MMA movie several years ago.

  • Leo F

    I’d like to see him play T’Chaka myself. T’Challa should be younger, given that his origin story will require a father young enough to accept a challenge to a deathmatch from the Man-Ape. In fact, I wouldn’t mind a movie or two where T’Chaka is the Black Panther. That way when he dies it’ll have the weight of the death of an established character.

  • AB

    Hounsou is way too old, doesn’t matter what anyone says if they want to make subsequent sequels to black panther they need someone. I think Chadwick Boseman is the best for the role, although D.B. Woodside looks like he’s straight from the comics, He’s 44 but he looks the part more than any other, and unlike the Hounsou, age doesn’t seem to affect his appearance.

  • Kim Versace

    how about a movie where djimon is the black panther and dies at the end opening up for Tchalla?

  • GlengroveG

    I just googled this guy. Totally cosign.