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Black Panther stars: We were ‘Tolkien white boys’

Black Panther stars: We were ‘Tolkien white boys’

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Black Panther is the first film in the Marvel franchise to feature a mostly black cast - but two of its British stars joke that they were the "Tolkien white boys".Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman, who worked together on the Hobbit trilogy, reprise their roles from previous Marvel outings.Serkis plays villain Ulysses Klaue and Freeman is CIA agent Everett Ross - a giant leap from Serkis's Gollum and Freeman's Bilbo Baggins.Speaking to Sky News, Serkis said their history did not go unmentioned while they were shooting Black Panther."We're proud to be part of a great film predominantly - it just happens to have a black cast, apart from the 'Tolkien white boys' as we've been called," the actor joked.He added: "It's great to be part of a great film, and work with great actors, and a brilliant dir...
Why Marvel's Black Panther is no ordinary superhero movie

Why Marvel's Black Panther is no ordinary superhero movie

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceDisclaimer: There are spoilers in this article. The Black Panther first entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2016 in Captain America: Civil War.Now he's got his own film, which goes way beyond the usual expectations of fantasy, fight scenes and romance. Having a plot based around a black superhero with a predominantly black cast is a first for Marvel, but the film builds on this concept in a massive way. Directed by Creed's Ryan Coogler, it is set in the mythical country of Wakanda: a hidden African kingdom with incredible technological power, due to its reserves of the world's most useful precious metal. Black Panther premiere: Stars and fans wear African attireChadwick Boseman, who plays its king T'Challa and (more importantly) the Bla...