Chadwick Boseman might be on the verge of super-stardom. The actor, who just nabbed the role of Marvel’s Black Panther, has seen much success over the last few years, but he had to work to achieve it.
Chadwick is from the small town of Anderson, South Carolina. He graduated from Howard University in Washington D.C. and the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford, England.
The 32-year-old actor got his acting start primarily as guest appearances on numerous television series. His first movie role came during Disney’s 2008 film The Express, where the actor played Floyd Little. Years later in 2013, Boseman finally got his big break , and since then has put together quite the resume with a very diverse collection of roles.
Most fans remember his breakout role in the 2013 film, 42, where he portrayed baseball legend Jackie Robinson. He also played Vontae Mack in the football film Draft Day, a role which saw him go from struggling football prospect to top-pick.
However, Boseman shouldn’t just be labeled as a one-trick pony of the sports film world.
He played the one and only James Brown in the biopic Get On Up, a role which enabled the actor let loose and show his funky side.
The one thing Boseman’s roles have in common is he played them with such passion that you truly wanted him to succeed, whether it be fighting the odds and becoming the first African-American baseball star, going from 2nd round to 1st round NFL draft pick, or transforming from a poor child into the godfather of soul, Boseman always made you stand up and cheer.
His newest role might just be his most challenging to date. The role of Black Panther is indeed different from his other roles. This is not an underdog, but a leader, someone people look to and admire.
Marvel has a solid reputation for finding the right actors for their films.
Boseman’s ability to fight through adversity and show such passion in his film are ideal qualities for Black Panther, as he not only fights for himself, but fights for the fictional nation of Wakanda as well.
This might indeed be the landmark role for Boseman, but with him already reaching the age of 32, and no real background in action films, he is one of the studio’s bigger gambles.
That fact doesn’t seem to concern Marvel or Boseman as they agreed on five-picture deal for his portrayal Black Panther.
that means that comic book fans better start getting to know Chadwick Boseman, as they will be seeing quite a bit of him for the foreseeable future in the upcoming Marvel features.
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