While promoting his new film, Draft Day, Chadwick Boseman was asked about the long-swirling rumors that he was a favorite to star as T'Challa in The Black Panther, a film Marvel has been developing for some time. His answer is...revealing.
The pertinent material begins at around the 3:35 mark:
Boseman certainly seems giddy about the potential part for someone who doesn't know very much. Now, this really means nothing. Boseman knows he's been the center of rumors for some time and this isn't the first time he's been quizzed about it recently. Late last month, Boseman was asked about the role in an interview at blackfilm.com. When asked by the interviewer if he could see himself as the Black Panther, Boseman replied, "I could see myself doing anything in terms of comic book, action, or anything like that. Black Panther, in particular, I’m not going to answer that." The interviewer followed by asking him what character he would play and Boseman continued:
"Let me put to you this way. If it’s character driven, I’ll do it. As long as it’s character driven, I would love to do it. If it’s just you in a suit and you with powers, then it doesn’t interest me, no matter how big it is. As long as it’s character driven, I’m totally into it. If they could figure out how to do Black Panther and make it fit the original or adapt to the times we’re in now and be new and innovative and be character driven and has the sense of what the comic book is supposed to be, but not bound by it, then yes, of course, I would want to do it."So there's that and now last night's tease but, even put together with El Mayimbe's assertation last May that Boseman was one of Marvel's top choices for the role, there's still not much to go on. Then again, when you combine in Devin Faraci's tidbit about Wakanda appearing in Avengers: Age of Ultron and two unannounced Phase 3 films, it does make you wonder if there's really that much coincidence involved or if there's something too all this. This is very reminiscent of the recent Paul Rudd debacle in which he poorly denied any knowledge of joining Ant-Man for a few months before being announced as a member of the cast. If nothing else, I'm sure this is going to get the scoopers asking even more questions and we'll all find out very soon.
Source: Blackfilm, Latino-Review, Badass Digest