The UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, is set to feature in Marvel Studios’ upcoming sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is set to be released on November 11th.
Usman’s role was first revealed by UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier at the UFC 277 weigh-in show. Additional sources confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Friday.
It is unclear what role Usman will play in the Ryan Coogler-helmed movie that picks up the Black Panther saga after the tragic passing of lead star Chadwick Boseman in 2020.
This past weekend, the first teaser for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever debuted, with fans of the franchise praising the video clip.
During the San Diego Comic-Con, the cast and crew of the film shared an emotional moment on stage after seeing the video for the first time, paying tribute to Boseman.
“Chad is no longer with us physically, but his spirit, his passion, his genius, his pride, his culture, and the impact that he had made on this industry will be felt forever,” Coogler said on stage in San Diego. “We put our love for Chadwick into this film.”
The Nigerian-American professional mixed martial artist, who is a huge fan of the movie, has long professed his desire to play T’Challa in the Black Panther sequel, including a mockup he posted on Instagram a few years ago in which he was dressed as T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War.
Check out the first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever below, with the film due to hit theaters on November 11.