Black Panther adds Forest Whitaker to Marvel ensemble

Sicario actor Daniel Kaluuya will also appear

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Upcoming ensemble Black Panther has added to its already impressive cast with Forest Whitaker the latest actor joining the Marvel universe.

The actor - who will next appear in Star Wars prequel Rogue One - will join Chadwick Boseman who made his debut as the eponymous superhero in this year's Captain America: Civil War.

He will play Zuri, an elder stateman based in Wakanda, the fictional country home to Boseman's King T'Challa.  

Both Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario) and Florence Kasumba - who had a small Civil War role as Dora Milaje member, Ayo - have also been announced as joining the cast of the film that'll be directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed).

Coogler's frequent collaborator Michael B. Jordan will play the film's chief villain while Lupita Nyong'o is the female lead.

Black Panther will further explore the history of Boseman's T'Challa, the warrior king of Marvel's fictional country Wakanda, following his initial debut in Captain America: Civil War.

There's still quite a while to go before Black Panther's standalone outing with the film's release date set for 18 February 2018.