Florence Kasumba on the Impact of Black Panther: 'We're Telling a Story That Hasn't Been Told Before'
Uganda's Florence Kasumba had us at "Move"—now we chat about her experience shooting "Black Panther" and the film's impact on the world.
The energy surrounding the release of Black Panther is as unparalleled as it is unbelievable. From pre-sale tickets breaking box office records, to overflowing viral fandom, there's almost no doubt that we'll all be proud Wakandans come Feb. 16.
The energy, though, is definitely not just with the fans. In speaking with cast member and Ugandan-German actress, Florence Kasumba, she notes the contagious hype behind the movie was shared both on set and among the whole cast. Kasumba's role as Ayo, a fierce member of the all-women's special forces Dora Milaje, made a brief yet ground-shattering entrance in Captain America: Civil War with the powerful one-liner, "Move or you will be moved." The scene is just an introduction of the attitude and force we'll be seeing from the warrior troop, as we've already begun to see in recent trailer releases.
Black Panther will be Kasumba's third U.S. movie debut in two years. Outside of Civil War, she made an appearance in DC's Wonder Woman, a contrast of sorts to her roles on the small screen, like NBC's Emerald City (as East), and internationally, where her resume has given her all the juice she needed to fit perfectly into Ryan Coogler's Wakandan cast.