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Sterling K. Brown Says Phylicia Rashad is in Black Panther

January 10, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
EMPIRE: Guest star Phylicia Rashad in the "What We May Be" episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Nov. 16 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Chuck Hodes/FOX

Sterling K. Brown may have accidentally dropped the name of an as-yet-announced cast member for Black Panther. Brown spoke with The Undefeated about his recently-announced casting in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe and mentioned Phylicia Rashad, best known for her role in The Cosby Show, among the cast:

“I just worked with Chad [Boseman] on a film called Marshall, about Thurgood Marshall. He’s such a talented human being and a deep soul,” Brown told The Undefeated. “He’s the perfect personality to fully inhabit T’Challa. So, to rejoin him, and to work with Academy Award winners … to be with Michael B. Jordan after the incredible work he’s done in Creed. Danai Gurira, Phylicia Rashad, Forest Whitaker — like, it’s embarrassing. I’m good at what I do — I don’t try to do any sort of false modesty — but, ‘Wow! I get to be with all of you people!?!’ I think Ryan Coogler is one of the great storytellers that we have working today. The meeting I had with Nate Moore before I even got to chance to audition for Panther, and to see the level of knowledge, and just passion that he has for the whole universe, and for this project in particular … it’s in such good hands. I worked with Joe Robert Cole — he was one of our writers on The People vs. O.J. who co-writes with Ryan Coogler [on Panther]. Like, everyone is so good at what they do.”

The reference to Rashad has been since deleted from the original post. It’s possible that Brown misspoke or was under incorrect information, but it is equally possible that Rashad is set for the film but Marvel didn’t want to announce it yet.

Rashad previously worked with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler on Creed. If she is indeed in the film, she joins Brown, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba and Letitia Wright in the film, which releases on February 16th, 2018.

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