Ernie Hudson wanted for King TChalla in Black Panther

Even though Marvel’s Black Panther movie was pushed back from November 2017 to summer 2018, the studio is steamrolling ahead with casting. With Chadwick Boseman already positioned in the titular role as Black Panther/T’Challa, talk has now turned to the part of his father. If this latest rumor bears any weight, we could see former Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson take to the throne.

The news today hails from those comic book tipsters Latino Review, who reveal that Hudson is reportedly in Marvel’s crosshairs for the part of King T’Chaka. The site states that he’s been hitting the gym and picking up as many Black Panther comics as possible that orbit around the Wakandan chieftain in preparation.

While it’s not a huge part the character does play a key role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the Wakandan ruler protects his country and its attractive supply of Vibranium mines. Alas, his reign comes to an end when he’s senselessly killed by long-time Black Panther adversary Ulysses Klaw, who makes his onscreen debut in Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

There’s no word on which specific movie King T’Chaka will appear in, but we’d hazard a guess and wager it’s Captain America: Civil War; which will include the first appearance of his son.

Captain America: Civil War opens on May 6, 2016 followed by the Black Panther standalone movie on July 6, 2018.

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Gem Seddon

Gem Seddon is GamesRadar+'s west coast Entertainment News Reporter, working to keep all of you updated on all of the latest and greatest movies and shows on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Outside of entertainment journalism, Gem can frequently be found writing about the alternative health and wellness industry, and obsessing over all things Aliens and Terminator on Twitter.