Yes indeed, he is.
Days after Marvel Studios’ announcement that Chadwick Boseman will be their Black Panther (years after speculation of an upcoming film based on the superhero from the kingdom of Wakanda), the busy actor has booked the lead role in the Ink Factory thriller “Message From The King,” which follows a South African man who arrives in Los Angeles looking for his missing younger sister.
More from Ink Factory: “A stranger in a strange land, he has $400 in his pocket and a return ticket home in seven days. Within twenty-four hours Jacob King knows his sister is dead. This is the story of what happens in the next six days. We are inspired by the great thrillers of the late 1960s and 1970s; films like ‘Point Blank’, ‘The French Connection’ and the work of Paul Schrader. These films are entertaining, taut and uncompromising, and explore the darkness at the heart of their protagonists. ‘Message From The King’ is a conflicted love letter to their adopted city, written by two outsiders in a strange land.”
Stephen Cornwell and Oliver Butcher (both writers of the Liam Neeson thriller ‘Unknown’) penned the script, which will be directed by Belgian filmmaker Fabrice du Welz.
Given the talent behind the camera, known especially for their fast-paced, slick action/crime/thrillers, I’d expect something similar here.
If Fabrice du Welz’s name sounds familiar, it might be because we profiled his previous feature film, the 2014 crime thriller titled “Colt 45,” which French-Martinican rapper-turned-actor Joeystarr co-stars in.
In addition to starring, Boseman, who just inked a lucrative five-film deal with Disney/Marvel, will also executive produce.