DANIEL KALUUYA IS... W’KABI, CHIEF OF SECURITY
Tell us about your character.
W’kabi one of T’challa’s oldest friends and he’s basically the leader of the border tribe. Everything is hidden, they protect what’s out, and look really humble, but underneath, there’s a very — not sinister — but a much more military aspect to them. It’s about protecting the country — they are the first port of call when you come into Wakanda.
From Skins to Get Out and Black Panther — that’s a pretty mad journey.
Yeah, it’s been pretty insane. It just keeps on growing. I think it’s one of those things that probably will really set in, like, a year or two from now. When did you become involved in Black Panther? Ryan Coogler saw a short film I did years ago called Baby. And then we Skyped during the summer when I was in a play.
I had the matinée and then was like, “Wait, I have to Skype Ryan Coogler really quickly. I’ll be back for the evening show!” I really respect Ryan as a person, so I was like, “Cool, man. I’ll go to war with you, man.”