SA stars shine at Black Panther premiere
LOCAL stars and members of the Black Panther cast John Kani, Atandwa Kani and Connie Chiume rubbed shoulders with Hollywood A-listers at the premiere of their new film on Monday.
The trio put the best fashion feet forward in their African-inspired regalia. The father and son duo were both clad in Maxhosa designer ensembles while Chiume walked the red carpet in a subtle long blue and cream white dress.
Speaking to reporters, Kani said the film was significant because he felt strongly about portraying an African character in a good light.
“Very rarely do we find the comic book heroes being African and playing a significant role with the entire company being African and not villains, but being good people who want to see a better life and a better world,” Kani said.
He said it was important for him to play King T’Chaka to introduce a different image about Africa.
“An African who would be a global figure, an African who cares, who gives and who contributes to world peace,” he said.
Black Panther is the first black superhero introduced to the mainstream comic world in an issue of Fantastic Four in 1966. Slated for release in local cinemas on February 14, the new film is set in the imaginary African kingdom of Wakanda. Some scenes are filmed in Wakandian which is, in fact, Xhosa.