The latest Marvel Comic's movie the Black Panther opens today in cinemas nationwide. The official premiere of the film is happening at Montecasino in North of Johannesburg and it set to attract the who's who of Jozi to come celebrate the opening of the film.
Earlier in the day, stars of the film Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o, Dr John Kani and Connie Chiume interacted with the media sharing their thoughts on the film. The four were a in attendance at the premier.
The Black Panther tells the story of young king T’Challa, or the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) who takes over as leader of mysterious African state Wakanda, after his father T’Chaka (John Kani) is killed.
Contrary to popular belief, Wakanda is a technologically advanced, modern haven that’s rich in the mineral vibranium, which puts them at risk of being exposed for the rest of the world to see.
The cast is a combination of some of the finest black actors and actresses that the world has to offer.
The film could not have come at a better time. And it does something incredibly important: it allows black artists the opportunity to be front and centre in the telling of stories about black people. I mean, sure, ultimately Marvel, Disney and the other giant conglomerates involved will get the props, but where it matters most – the director, the wardrobe, the soundtrack – they are black people.