The Marvel Cinematic Universe has scored itself a true contender, as UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman has reportedly joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The news comes from MMA Fighting, who had the fighter’s casting confirmed to them after UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier let the info slip at Usman‘s recent UFC 277 weigh-in show.
It’s not currently known who “the Nigerian Nightmare” will be playing in the film, but his appearance will mark the first time Usman works on the silver screen. No matter the capacity of his role, debuting in a Black Panther project should come as a full-circle moment for the champ and his career. Several years ago, Usman uploaded a drawing of himself in full Wakandan gear to his Instagram:
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to follow events in the titular nation following the death of Chadwick Boseman‘s King T’Challa. The former monarch’s family and friends will be challenged by the invading forces of Tenoch Huerta‘s aquatic Namor and his undersea army, as it’s determined who will next take the throne of Wakanda. Ryan Coogler returned to write and direct, with Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, and Letitia Wright all reprising their roles from the first film. Dominique Thorne will also make her debut as the tech prodigy Riri Williams, a.k.a. Ironheart, in the sequel.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on November 11th, but fans can see Kamaru Usman defend his title against Leon Edwards first on August 20th.
Source: MMA Fighting