'Black Panther' spoilers, cast news: Forest Whitaker joins cast as elder statesman Zuri

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Another established actor has joined the ever-growing cast of “Black Panther” recently, and thankfully it is not for another villain because the film already has a number of them.

Variety has reported that Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker is going to be playing an elder statesman named Zuri in the upcoming film. Looks like Whitaker is going from one Disney movie to another since he is also part of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

Florence Kasumba and Daniel Kaluuya also join the cast. Kasumba is portraying Ayo, a member of the all-female Dora Milaje, sworn bodyguards of T’Challa aka the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). The character also had a cameo in “Captain America: Civil War.” Kaluuya will portray W’Kabi, one of the confidants of T’Challa.

The trio joins a cast that already includes Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Winston Duke. Jordan will be portraying Erik Killmonger, one of the Black Panther’s most formidable nemeses, while Nyong’o is playing Nakia aka Malice, a former member of the Dora Milaje who turned against T’Challa in the comics. Danai Gurira is playing Okoye, a member of the Dora Milaje, and Duke is going to be portraying M’Baku aka Man-Ape, one of the most fearsome warriors in Wakanda.

Many believe Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman will also be in the film to reprise their roles as Ulysses Klaue aka Klaw and Everett K. Ross, respectively. This hasn’t been confirmed yet, though. Klaw appeared in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” as an arms dealer who got his arm cut off by Ultron (James Spader), while Ross also appeared in the film as a member of the Joint Counter Terrorism Center.

Meanwhile, fans will have to wait a little while before they can see the standalone “Black Panther” movie because the film is set to premiere on Feb. 16, 2018.