– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Earlier today, I wrote about one of the new Avengers we’re going to be meeting soon: Doctor Strange. Now I’ve got an update on another hero that’s going to be a part of that team soon, and that’s Black Panther. We got to meet Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, aka Black Panther, in Captain America: Civil War earlier this year, and since then there’s been plenty of updates about how his solo flick is shaping up. Director Ryan Coogler (Creed) has spent this time assembling an impressive cast, and helping get the script where he wants it to be. So when will Black Panther enter production? And what location will serve as the stand-in for the fictional nation of Wakanda?

Now, thanks to a casting notice, we have answers to both of those questions.

Tammy Smith Casting has put up a notice, seeking African-American actors to be extras in Black Panther, that reveals:

  1. Filming will begin in January and last until May of 2017.
  2. Just like Spider-Man: HomecomingBlack Panther will film in Atlanta and the greater Atlanta, Georgia area. 

That last bit may come as a surprise, since one doesn’t typically think of Atlanta as being the most logical backdrop for Wakanda. Many had assumed that the production might actually take place in Africa- the continent that houses the fictional nation in the comics- since Marvel Studios had already set up shop there during production of Avengers: Age of Ultron. But it would appear that the money-saving tax incentives offered by Atlanta were just too appealing for Marvel/Disney to turn down. 

As for who the casting director is looking for, unsurprisingly, they want lots and lots of African-Americans. “We need to populate our African nation of ‘Wakanda’ in the movie – Black Panther’s homeland!! People with heritage from any of the African nations are welcome!” the notice reads. They specify that they’d like folks with skills like drumming, boxing, MMA/Martial Arts, Military weapons handling, stick fighting, and general athletic qualities.

Black Panther, which will also star Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, and Danai Gurira, comes out on July 6, 2018.

SOURCE: Tammy Smith Casting

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.