Morris Chestnut is the latest handsome Hollywood leading man of color to be attached (at least if you read his Facebook wall) to the role of T'Challa, the Black Panther, in Joss Whedon's upcoming Avengers 2.
Previously, British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou have been rumored / floated / fancast as the Black Panther, Marvel's first and most prominent black hero. A longtime Avenger and ruler of the highly-advanced African kingdom of Wakanda, the Black Panther is steeped in Marvel history (he also annulled his own marriage to mutant matriarch Storm during AvX) and would be an exciting, world-enlarging addition to the blockbuster sequel.
Chestnut, who melted loins as a VERY pro-active alarm company guy on the first season of American Horror Story, posted the cover of Black Panther #8 (which shows the hero in his latter-day, blinged-out costume with the Avengers) to his lovingly-curated Facebook wall, with the somewhat cryptic message, "It's time to get familiar with the Black Panther character !" He also Tweeted the same message to his followers, and as Amanda Bynes has taught us, everything on Twitter is real.
That's hardly a signed contract and could signal that Chestnut is either auditioning or merely lobbying for the role, but it's a pretty good casting choice as far as Hollywood goes. Even if Chestnut will be 46 when Avengers 2 is due to hit theaters in 2015, this pic, dated March 27, 2013, of the actor training for The Best Man 2, suggests that's not a serious obstacle.
What say you, geeks? Do we approve of this casting? What about the ladies??? Wasp and Carol Danvers seem naturals to add at this stage and the onscreen Avengers is pretty much a sausage fest but for ScarJo and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill.