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01/13/2017 01:32 pm ET

Sterling K. Brown: 'Black Panther' Is 'Politically Astute' And 'Socially Relevant'

“It’s not just an action film.”
Despite the film’s action premise, Brown says the film is raises “really provocative questions” and is
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Despite the film’s action premise, Brown says the film is raises “really provocative questions” and is “politically astute” and “socially relevant.”

Marvel Studio’s highly anticipated film “Black Panther” is much more than a superhero flick, according to Sterling K. Brown. 

The Ryan Coogler-directed flick, which will mark the comic movie studio’s first stand-alone black superhero movie, follows the fictional journey of prince T’Challa (portrayed by Chadwick Boseman) as he takes over and defends the African nation of Wakanda following the murder of his father. 

Despite the film’s action premise, Brown ― who is set to star opposite of Boseman ― asserted to ET that the film raises “really provocative questions” and is “politically astute” and “socially relevant.”

“It’s not just an action film,” Brown told ET during this year’s annual Film Independent Filmmaker Grant and Spirit Award Nominees Brunch. “It addresses the climate today of Africans and African-Americans ― across the country and across the world ― in a way that people will really be excited about.”

The film also stars Michael B. Jordan (as Erik Killmonger), Forest Whitaker (as Zuri), Lupita Nyong’o (as Nakia), Danai Gurira (as Okoye), Angela Bassett (as Ramonda), Martin Freeman (as Everett K. Ross) and Andy Serk (as Ulysses Klaue).

In addition to his forthcoming role in the action adventure flick, Brown has also expressed interest to add to his comic book resume with a role in the developing Green Lantern revival, “Green Lantern Crops.” Yesterday, the “This Is Us” star tweeted to his followers his wish to portray the role of popular DC comic book hero, John Stewart.   

Until further notice, Brown will perfect his role as N’Jobu in, “Black Panther,” which is set to hit theaters in February 2018. Read more of Sterling K. Brown’s interview with ET here

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