‘Black Panther’ . . . Danai Gurira bursts with Zimbabwean pride


‘Black Panther’ . . . Danai Gurira bursts with Zimbabwean pride

THE SouthernTIMES Mar 20, 2018

    > Jonathan Mbiriyamveka

    Harare – Hollywood’s Danai Gurira has charmed filmgoers across the globe in the manner in which she executed her role in film ‘Black Panther’ during the world premiere last week.   

    The Zimbabwean actress is part of an all-star cast in the blockbuster superhero movie, which has since smashed the US box office with US$192 million in its opening weekend.

    Ryan Coogler’s ‘Black Panther’ had the fifth-biggest opening weekend ever, beaten only by ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘The Avengers’, according to DigitalSpy.

    It was also the highest-grossing February opening weekend and ranks among the top 15 global debuts ever.

    Hundreds of filmgoers marvelled at the acting exploits of Gurira who plays Okoye in the movie.

    “When we were announced as the additional cast at Comic-Con, that was really amazing,” Gurira said.

    “But then the real moment hit — it was when that trailer came out. That’s when the response was something we could never have imagined, quite honestly.”

    Black Panther’ is a film that is not only hot but also historic. It is based on the Marvel comic of the same name and is directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed).

    According to https://www.npr.org , ‘Black Panther’ is the alter ego of King T’Challa, who reigns over the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, the sole source of a substance called vibranium.

    “It’s given the kingdom great wealth and technical advancement, which King T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) is sworn to protect. He, in turn, is protected by a group of female warriors led by Okoye, played with scene-stealing verve by actress and playwright Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead, Mother Of George).


    According to Fandango, pre-sale tickets for ‘Black Panther’ have already surpassed all previous superhero movies.

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