'Black Panther'
A picture of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. Facebook/ Black Panther

Production of “Black Panther” solo movie of Marvel is set to begin in January 2017. The character has already been introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the upcoming movie is not expected to be an origin story as some fans had expected it to be.

According to a report by On Location Vacations, filming of the movie will begin on Jan. 15, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. The production will be based in Pinewood Studios.

The plot will focus on the superhero defending his country from forces within and outside that seek to tear his homeland apart. After the death of his father, the young man is the new ruler of the fictitious African kingdom of Wakanda, a very advanced country with rich resources of Vibranium.

The character was introduced in “Captain America: Civil War,” so the fans already have an idea about T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and his motivations. Another familiar character in the film is Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman), a government agent. It is not clear whether Klaw (Andy Serkis) will make an appearance in this film.

“Black Panther” is a part of Marvel’s Phase 3 movies. The other movies in this phase are “Avengers: Infinity War,” Ant-Man” and “The Wasp.” All the stories are heading towards an epic conclusion, and the final battle against the super villain Thanos. Boseman’s character will also be involved in this final fight.

The cast members of the upcoming film include Danai Gurira (Okoye), Michael B. Jordan (Erik Killmonger), Forest Whitaker (Zuri), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Winston Duke (M’Baku), Daniel Kaluuya (W’Kabi), Angela Bassett (Ramonda) and Florence Kasumba. Letitia Wright’s character hasn’t been revealed yet. Stan Lee is also expected to make a cameo appearance.

“Black Panther” will be directed by Ryan Coogler. It will be released in Feb 2018. The exact release date for Australia hasn’t been announced yet.