It’s almost time Marvel Fans…BLACK PANTHER arrives in theaters everywhere on February 16, 2018!
The day after the world premiere of Black Panther, we had the chance to attend the press conference. Excitement filled the room from the fans who attended the premiere, media who couldn’t wait to see it, and even the filmmakers and stars themselves! The cast and crew joined together on the stage to talk about the process of making the film and how much fun it was to work on the film. Moderated by Nischelle Turner of Entertainment Tonight, the conversation covered many topics about the film.
The world premiere was the first time the actors ever saw Black Panther in it’s entirety. You could tell each cast member was beyond thrilled to have participated in this monumental film. Lupita told us that she “was just so, so, so excited, because this was a movie that we all felt a lot of ownership of, and that we thoroughly enjoyed making. And you know, when you make a movie like this of this scale, so much happens between the time you perform it and the time you see it, you know – all the computer graphics stuff. Wakanda was built in, you know, in a room with Ryan and the incredible design team, you know. And so to see it alive, to see it almost like three dimensional was what I was looking forward to. And of course, to see it with everyone.”
Chadwick Boseman talked to us about how Black Panther all started. He knew when he filmed Civil War that he would also be doing Black Panther! His “initial phone call from Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Nate Moore and the Russo Brothers was one where they essentially said, ‘We want to bring your character into the Marvel Comic Universe – as a stand-alone, but this is the best way to introduce him in Civil War.’ So I was aware of it. And I think when I was shooting Civil War, I was not aware that other people weren’t aware that this was going to happen, because it was so – such at the forefront of my mind, you know, and when we did the introduction at El Capitan. So – I’m sorry that you didn’t know that. [LAUGHTER] But at the same time, I love the fact that it’s a surprise to people.”
People have been wanting to make this movie for a long time, but it never worked…until NOW! Ryan Coogler created a masterpiece. He found the right team of actors to bring this story to life. Humble and honest, Ryan told us “I just felt incredibly blessed, you know, to have had the opportunity to make the film this way, to make the film with this studio, you know, working with Kevin and his team – Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito, and Nate Moore, who Chadwick was just talking about – has been like – which is an incredible opportunity. And it’s not something I ever imagined, you know, would happen. And it’s good to work with some of my, like my – you know, my mentor, and these people who I’ve watched, you know, for my whole life, and some friends that I’ve made through this process.”
Forest Whitaker said, “I knew it from the moment that I met him. I mean, when he started to express himself, and I could feel, like, the center of, you know, of what he wanted to communicate to the world, and how he wanted to touch the world, and it really was a really powerful thing to see. And then I think when he started to talk to me about his ideas – at that time, he was in school, I remember thinking, you know, this person, if he’s given the right space, he’s going to, you know, do something that can change, you know, our lives in some way. And I thought that Fruitvale was that thing. That was the thing that he suggested, one of the projects he had, and really believed in it. And I was fortunate enough that he felt comfortable with us, like, producing that for him, and working with him on it. It’s – for me, it’s – I’m just blown away, you know, just watching his growth, every time, to see him really – how he’s able to just manifest so much importance, and you know, in socially relevant moments, inside of things that we want to sit and watch. And so it’s been quite a powerful experience for me last night to watch that.”
Do you have your tickets yet? Watch Black Panther this weekend and see history in the making!
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Disclosure: I am a Disney Blogger. This was an all-expense paid trip. All opinions are 100% my own.