15 Black Panther Casting Secrets That Will Blow. Your. MIND.

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We know what you’re thinking: Now that you’ve seen Black Panther, how could you have your mind blown any more than you already have? And we get it — the movie was a game-changer! But as crazy as it might have been to watch Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan on screen, alongside bad-ass actresses like Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, there was more to the making of that movie than you’d ever believe.

Decades before this all-star cast even started filming last year, so many decisions had to be made. We aren’t just talking plot points and storylines — we’re talking even bigger decisions. Like, who’s going to be cast as the lead villain and who’s going to direct the film? So, as hard as it is to imagine Black Panther any other way than how you saw it in theaters, know that the 2018 blockbuster could have been majorly different.

You’ll never guess who barely missed the cut — and which part Michael almost ended up playing instead of Killmonger!