Here’s a rumor to take with a grain of salt, due to the source, but a familiar face may be playing King T’Chaka in the upcoming Black Panther movie.
Latino Review has posted a scoop today that says Ernie Hudson may play the father of the current Black Panther in the movie:
“Sorry, if you guys are expecting fan favorite Denzel Washington, it looks like that ain’t happening. Besides his quote is too damn high for Marvel. Anyway, I got some solid intel that longtime character actor Ernie Hudson (Winston in Ghostbusters) has been hitting the gym and picking up back issues of Marvel Comic’s Black Panther. The actor has specifically been looking for issues that feature King T’Chaka, the ruler of Wakanda.”
When it comes to plot stuff, his record is spotty at best, but with casting it’s decent. He was the first to peg Chadwick Boseman for the role of Black Panther, which did turn out to happen.
In the comics the Black Panther is a mantle passed down from king to son in Wakanda, and T’Challa becomes Black Panther after his father is killed by Ulysses Klaw. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Andy Serkis will be playing Ulyesses Klau, which is the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of that character. So Marvel is laying the groundwork for Black Panther’s Civil War debut as early as next month when the Avengers sequel hits theaters.