Sterling K. Brown has landed a major movie role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The "This Is Us" actor has joined the cast of Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman in the title role.
According to Variety, Brown has been tapped to play the character named N'Jobu, a figure from T'Challa aka Black Panther's past. He joins an ensemble cast which includes Angela Bassett as T'Challa's mother, Lupita Nyong'o as Wakandan warrior Nakia, Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger, Winston Duke as the main villain Man-Ape.
Forest Whitaker (Rogue One), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Serkis, Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War) are also co-starring in the film.
Black Panther will mark as Brown's first major film role after his breakout performances on FX's limited series, "American Crime Story: People v. OJ Simpson" and NBC's breakout hit "This Is Us." He was recently nominated for these roles at the Golden Globe and SAG Award.
Plot details about Marvel's "Black Panther" are still not available at this point. But star Lupita Nyong'o has revealed back in August of last year that "the story is that the Black Panther's leadership is really threatened by two foes who come together, and so Black Panther gets the help of the C.I.A. and the Dora Milaje to try and defeat the enemy."
In the Marvel comics lore, Black Panther has mystical connections with the Wakandan Panther God which gives him the ability to have acute senses, enhanced strength, speed, healing and reflexes. The character was created by Stan Lee and debuted Fantastic Four #52 in 1966.
Marvel's "Black Panther" is a film directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed), who co-wrote the script with Joe Robert Cole. Marvel president Kevin Feige is attached as producer.
"Black Panther" opens in theaters on Feb. 9, 2018.