Danai Gurira Speaks Out On ‘Black Panther’ Role

Best known for playing Michonne on The Walking Dead, Danai Gurira will enter the MCU with 2018’s Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed). Her character, Okoye, will be a member of the Dora Milaje, a group of potential wives of Wakandan King T’Challa who are trained to protect their king and homeland.

During an exclusive interview with ComicBook.com, Gurira spoke out on her role as Okoye and revealed that The Walking Dead wasn’t where Coogler discovered her.

“The filmmaker had never watched it. I’m not saying that everyone else that was involved hadn’t, but Ryan Coogler had never watched ‘The Walking Dead’. He’d watched me in something completely different.”

“It’s quite amazing to hear, but these are African women roles. He’d watched me in a more independent film called ‘Mother of George’. He’s never seen ‘The Walking Dead’.”

Gurira went on to explain the process of getting into character for Okoye, as well as the differences between her and Michonne from TWD.

“I’m training right now for ‘Black Panther’, and, yes, there’s a lot of ways that they’re extremely different. I’m learning such great, awesome new things. There’s a lot of ways that, yes, one helps another. There are things about using combat that help each other. Absolutely. There’s a lot of new things to learn and I’m really enjoying. There’s so much new. She’s a whole ‘nother thing.”

Black Panther is slated for a February 2018 release and will star Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther and Michael B. Jordan as the main villain. Could Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier also make an appearance? Check out our theory here!