Before he makes his debut as Black Panther in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, new Marvel superhero Chadwick Boseman will star as a South African man out for vengeance in Los Angeles in Entertainment One and Ink Factory’s Message From The King. Belgian helmer Fabrice du Welz (Alleluia) is directing the revenge thriller about Jacob King, who arrives from South Africa in search of his younger sister with just a few hundred dollars and a plane ticket home in a week’s time. Twenty-four hours in, he learns she’s been killed and the film tells the story of what happens in the next six days.
Message from the King is scripted by Stephen Cornwell and Oliver Butcher. The film is slated to shoot in February in Los Angeles before Boseman heads to the Captain America 3 set to shoot scenes that will introduce his Black Panther character to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With a Black Panther standalone tentpole set for 2017 and a five-picture Disney/Marvel deal, Boseman is poised to become a fixture in the multibillion dollar Avengers franchise. The actor has risen fast in recent years playing larger-than-life personalities in baseball biopic 42 and the James Brown drama Get On Up. He also appeared in Summit’s sports drama Draft Day opposite Kevin Costner and will play the god Thoth in the upcoming 2016 fantasy actioner Gods of Egypt.
Last May helmer du Welz premiered his latest film Alleluia at Cannes in the Director’s Fortnight, earning strong notice for the brutal, award-winning psychodrama.
Entertainment One and Ink Factory are co-financing Message from the King, which eOne will sell and distribute worldwide. Stephen Cornwell and Simon Cornwell are producing for Ink Factory alongside David Lancaster, while Ash Shah will exec produce. EOne’s Xavier Marchand and Benedict Carver are overseeing for the company.
Boseman is repped by Greene & Associates, Management 360, Ziffren Brittenham. Du Welz is repped by WME and manager Jeremy Platt.