Before Avengers: Infinity War reaches cinemas, there’s one other major Marvel blockbuster ready to astound South African audiences and is Black Panther movie. The Black Panther is not even out yet, but has already broken pre-booking records.
The movie features veteran actor Dr. John Kani. According to reports, isiXhosa language has been adopted as the official language of Wakanda.
Kani, who plays King T’Chaka explained, “the director and I were challenged with coming up with ideal things to say to my son, in-line with the plot of the film. It had to be in the native language of ‘Wakanda’. I chose to say something isiXhosa in which the director and everyone on set loved; we need that, the director said.”
“In the movie I’m the original Black Panther and I’m tasked with nominating my successor,” he told Move Magazine. “I reunite with my son after not seeing him after some time.”
“Marvel studios adopted isiXhosa as the official language of “Wakanda.” Even when I filmed Civil War, I was the language expert and my American counterparts would say; give me something with a click, they were referring to isiXhosa. My son and I filmed in Atlanta together, I left and he stayed to continue filming. He took over as the language consultant,” he shares.
While Ava DuVernay may have passed on Black Panther, Marvel eventually found an astounding filmmaker to steer the project: Ryan Coogler. The 31-year-old first made headway after directing the Michael B. Jordan-starring Fruitvale Station, which itself was soon followed by Creed.
Black Panther premieres in South Africa on Friday, 16th February 2018 at cinemas nationwide.
Watch the trailer below: