By Mandela Wells
It was only about a month ago that director Ava Duvernay decided not to helm Marvel’s Black Panther. The film went a few weeks with no word of a replacement. Now finally a new name has been mentioned recently. That name happens to be film and music video director F. Gary Gray. For those of you who don’t know Gray kicked off his directing career in 1992 and became a well known name when he directed the classic video for Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day,”. He went on throughout the 1990s and 2000s directing music videos for artists and groups such as Cypress Hill, Dr. Dre, OutKast, Whitney Houston, Coolio, Jay-Z and Rick Ross. His directorial film debut came in 1995 with the movie Friday. His other notable film credits include The Italian Job, Be Cool, A Man Apart, and Law Abiding Citizen.
Gray, who’s Straight Outta Compton comes out next week, spoke with Blacktree TV and discussed the possibility of him becoming the director for the future Marvel film, “I would love to direct a superhero movie, man. We’ll see what happens. If it’s right, I’m there.”
This is not the first time Gray and Marvel were attached in the same sentence. Gray was in the running back in 2012 to direct Captain America: The Winter Solider before it was taken over by The Russo Brothers.
For now Chadwick Boseman is the only notable name confirmed for the project as he will play the titular character. Black Panther hits theaters July 6th, 2018.