John Boyega could be set for a role in Marvel's Black Panther


Captain America: Civil War only took a few weeks to become the biggest movie of 2016 and one of the standout performances in the film came from Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther.

It's a big year for Black Panther, a long-neglected Marvel character, with the revamped comic becoming Marvel's best seller this year - despite not being out for long - and a standalone Black Panther film currently in production.

John Boyega is the latest name to be linked with a cast that already includes Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B Jordan. How do we know this? Snapchat. It's 2016, after all.

A Marvel fan site noticed a snap from the Peckham native captioned "meeting", shortly before Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige followed him on Twitter. People are very attentive... Heroic Hollywood later reported rumours of a meeting.

It wouldn't be such a shock though. The 24-year-old previously tweeted something about aiming for a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, before teasing it could be T'Challa - Black Panther himself.

Boseman obviously has that role now but given Feige's promise that 90% of the cast for this film, scheduled to begin filming early in 2017, would be black, there should still be plenty of desirable roles up for grabs.

Black Panther is being co-written and directed by Ryan Coogler, responsible for Fruitvale Station and Creed, which adds to the level of excitement around the film.

John is best known now for his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a Disney film (and Disney also own Marvel). Before that he put his name on the map for his role in Attack The Block, and is set for a big things in the Old Vic's production of Woyzeck.