Anthony Mackie: ‘Black Panther’ Doesn’t Need An African American Director

Anthony Mackie is busy promoting his latest film, Our Brand Is Crisis, and during an interview with The Daily Beast, Mackie commented on who should direct Marvel’s Black Panther film.

“I don’t think it’s important at all. As a director your job is to tell a story. You know, they didn’t get a horse to direct Seabiscuit! The thing is I don’t think the race of the director has to do with their ability to tell a story. I think it’s all about the director’s ability to be able to relate to that story and do it justice. I think men can direct women, and two of my greatest work experiences were with female directors. So I think it all depends. May the best man—or woman—win,” said Mackie.

Ava DuVernay had conversations with Marvel to direct Black Panther but walked away from the deal over creative differences. Creed director Ryan Coogler is now in talks to direct the film.

Chadwick Boseman has been cast in the lead, Black Panther is set to be released on February 16, 2018. Boseman will make his first appearance as Black Panther alongside Mackie’s Falcon in Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016.

Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
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