Marvel Casts Actor to Play Man-Ape in BLACK PANTHER
Marvel has added a new villain to the mix in director Ryan Coogler's upcoming film Black Panther. Person of Interest actor Winston Duke will be taking on the role of Man-Ape. That means there are three villains in the film so far. The other two are Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaw. Duke also joins Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Danai Gurira, and Lupita Nyong’o.
In the comics, Man-Ape, a.k.a. M’Baku, was one of Wakanda’s most powerful warriors and one of T’Challa’s biggest rivals.
M'Baku is a worshipper of the sacred White Gorilla who was exiled from Wakanda because of his actions in leading the cult and betraying The Black Panther. A sacred ritual gives him apelike strength, agility and stamina, earning him the name Man-Ape.
This will definitely be an interesting character to see brought to life on the big screen! I'm sure it will be a mix of live-action and CGI as the character is enormous with a height of seven feet and weighing in at 355 pounds.
Duke seems to be just getting his start as an established actor and has mostly done TV work. This will be his most high-profile gig yet.
Black Panther is set for release on February 16th, 2018.