Djimon Hounsou thinks playing two different characters in Marvel universe is perfectly fine. Although he’s already suiting up as the Kree warrior, Korath the Pursuer in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the Beninian actor is making it clear he still wants to be the Black Panther.
In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Hounsou said, “It would be an honor to be T’Challa. It would have to be done right, given the history of that character and that comic. I have a foot in the Marvel Comics world now, so we’ll see where they’re going to take that.”
T’Challa is the real name of the hero behind the Black Panther mask, and since the award-winning actor has already been cast as a Marvel hero, it would have to be done right, considering the amount of excitement surrounding that character.
Honsou has repeatedly voiced his desire to play the African warrior king, but he’s not the only actor vying for the part. Idris Elba, Morris Chestnut, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Anthony Mackie, and Derek Luke have all expressed their interest; and all, excluding Chestnut, have gone on to land roles in Marvel movies.
Idris Elba is Heimdall in the Thor franchise, while Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s plays Kurse in “Thor: The Dark World,” Mackie is Falcon in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and Luke played Gabe Jones in “Captain America: The First Avenger.”
Although Hounsou is already attached to a Marvel character, it is theoretically possible he can suit up as T’Challa. In our list of 32 Actors Best Suited To Play Marvel’s Black Panther, Hounsou and Elba were the favorites, according to many of the readers’ comments.
In addition, MTV writer, Brett White has a good point when he writes, “…that sounds like a dare, Marvel. Make it happen! If two different actors can play the Hulk and War Machine, then one actor should be allowed to play two different roles, especially when those roles are separated by a galaxy—and possibly blue body paint.”
Do you think Djimon Hounsou should be allowed to play the Black Panther, despite his Korath the Pursuer role?