EntertainmentMoviesForest Whitaker Joins Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Cast Xaviera 5 years ago share Embed from Getty Images As if there wasn’t enough melanin magic in Black Panther, we’ve learned Forest Whitaker has joined the cast of the Marvel film. According to Variety, Forest will play the role of Zuri, an elder stateman in Wakanda. Forest Whitaker will join Chadwick Boseman, who stars as T’Challa/Black Panther, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Michael B. Jordan. The Ryan Coogler-directed film is slated for a February 16, 2018. I can’t wait.