Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who plays Heavy Duty in Stephen Sommer’s upcoming “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” (he’s the big black dude with the big machine gun in all the trailers) tells MTV that he has been talking with Marvel Studios about playing Black Panther in a live-action movie. The role has been previously attached to a number of black actors in Hollywood, most notably Wesley Snipes from a few years back, but this is the first time the former Lost star’s name has been attached.
Adewale tells MTV:
“We’re talking to Marvel about ‘Black Panther’. This is the first round, so you know, hopefully they’ll look at ‘G.I. Joe’ and see the potential. But it’s about time we have a black superhero, isn’t it? He’s from a fictional village in Africa and the timing is so right for that kind of character to come through. And while I’m in my prime, this is the time. We’ve got [U.S. President Barack] Obama, now we need something on screen to represent, so… ‘Panther,’ man.”
Apparently someone has never seen “Blade”. But I digress.
I haven’t seen all that much of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, so if Marvel Studios does end up choosing him, it’ll be an odd choice. He’s already 42-years old, and he doesn’t necessarily have the physique of a superhero, so I’m not sure if he’s really “in his prime” as he claims.
Below: “Hey, white folks, I promise the Black Panther will bring hope and change and ass-kicking you can believe in.”