After months of rumors, Marvel has finally hired Ava DuVernay to direct the comic book giant’s upcoming Black Panther film, according to MCU. Black Panther will be the first Marvel film centered on a Black superhero, so it’s only fitting DuVernay will be at the helm.
Black Panther will mark the first big budget, major studio film for DuVerynay who made a name for herself shooting independent features like I Will Follow and Middle of Nowhere on shoestring budgets. Even Selma, which brought the director even more acclaim, was shot for a paltry $20 million. But with Black Panther, things will most certainly change. If Marvel’s previous films are any indication, Black Panther’s budget could clock in at well over $150 million, a first for a Black female director.
Slated for a 2018 release, Chadwick Boseman will star as T’Challa, the Black Panther, who is a “brilliant tactician, strategist, and scientist” who is a “royal descendent of a warrior race” from the Kingdom of Wakanda. Black Panther will make his on-screen debut in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War film.
With the addition of the Black Panther film to her resume, DuVernay is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after directors in Hollywood. She is currently in pre-production on the upcoming Queen Sugar series for Oprah Winfrey OWN, and recently wrapped production on the TV movie, For Justice.