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December 05, 2015

'Creed' director Ryan Coogler in negotiations for 'Black Panther'

Negotiations underway for Marvel's first film depicting a black superhero

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Marvel character Black Panther, a long time member of The Avengers, to be played by Chadwick Boseman in 2017 film.

Ryan Coogler, the director of the latest Rocky movie, 'Creed,' is wasting no time in search of his next project.

The director behind the 2013 drama 'Fruitvale Station' is reportedly in negotiations with Marvel Studios to direct 'Black Panther,' its first film depicting a black superhero, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film's lead role will be played by Chadwick Boseman ('42,' 'Get On Up'), whose character T'Challa is the leader of a fictional African nation called Wakanda. The premise, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, originally appeared in the 'Fantastic Four' comics. Black Panther was also a mainstay among The Avengers and will make his screen debut next year in Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War.'

'Creed' got off to a hot start with its holiday debut, earning critical praise and pulling in $42.6 million in its first five days.

'Black Panther' is scheduled for release on November 3, 2017.