Black Panther, debuts on Friday, February 16, moviegoers would find the name of a Nigeria-British-American born actress, Sope Aluko, on the cast list.
The multi-linguist (she speaks four languages including her native Yoruba), who was raised in the United Kingdom (UK), portrays Shaman, a powerful primal leader, who calls upon nature spirits for aid or guidance in the movie.
A mother of four teenage boys, who has been married for 20 years, Sope has had roles on Netflix’s Bloodline, NBC’s Law & Order SVU and Parks & Recreation, and guest appearances on USA Network’s Burn Notice, Graceland and Lifetime’s Army Wives, amongst others.
With the signature of 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 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.
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan; Academy Award® winner, Lupita Nyong’o; with Academy Award® nominee, Angela Bassett; and Academy Award® winner, Forest Whitaker.