Anthony Mackie Says Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Doesn’t Need Black Director: ‘They Didn’t Get a Horse to Direct Seabiscuit’

Avengers star Anthony Mackie does not believe that Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther film – the first in the cinematic superhero universe to feature an African-American lead – needs an African-American director behind the camera. In a wide-ranging interview with the Daily Beast, Mackie said a director’s race is not an important factor in the success of a film. “I don’t think it’s important at all,” the actor said. “As a director your job is to tell a story. You know, they didn’t get a horse to direct Seabiscuit! The thing is I don’t think the race of the director has to do with their ability to tell a story. I think it’s all about the director’s ability to be able to relate to that story and do it justice. I think men can direct women, and two of my greatest work experiences were with female directors. So I think it all depends. May the best man—or woman—win.” Chadwick Boseman (Get On Up, 42) is set to star as T’Challa, prince of Wakanda, who becomes the superhero Black Panther after his father is assassinated. Marvel had courted Selma director Ava DuVernay to take the reins of the project, but she passed on it, citing creative differences. The search is now on to find a director for the film, which is set for release in 2018.

Gotta give credit where credit is due..  And, despite his stereotypical, anti-Republican party, very liberal, HollyWEIRD politics..   Anthony is exactly right for saying this about whoever is to direct this film.  So, kudos to him for this.  It’s not a popular, or very pc thing, to say in his industry..

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