Forest Whitaker on the Powerful Social Messages in ‘Black Panther’

     February 17, 2018

With Marvel Studios’ Black Panther set to dominate the box office when it opens in theaters February 16th, Disney recently held a press junket here in Los Angeles and I got to sit down with Forest Whitaker for an exclusive video interview. While I had a million things racing through my head that I wanted to talk about during the brief time I’d have with them, I decided to talk about how the film touches on what’s happening in our world without it feeling forced or like it’s preaching, what people would be surprised to learn about the making of Black Panther, and how he collaborated with director Ryan Coogler during filming.


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As everyone that reads Collider knows, written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, the film stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther (first introduced in Captain America: Civil War), who returns home to the isolated and advanced nation of Wakanda in the wake of his father’s death to assume his rightful place as king. Matters are complicated when his place on the throne is put into question. Black Panther also stars Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett and Andy Serkis.

Check out what Forest Whitaker had to say in the player above and below is what we discussed followed by the official synopsis.

Finally, for more on Black Panther, you can read Haleigh Foutch’s glowing review.

Daniel Kaluuya and Winston Duke:

  • How the film touches on what’s happening in our world without it feeling forced or like it’s preaching.
  • What was it like on set working with Ryan Coogler?
  • What would surprise people to learn about the making of the film?

Image via Marvel Studios

Here’s the official synopsis for Black Panther:

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king -and Black Panther- is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

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