Black Panther has already set a record for advance sales. Social media is aflame. People are uncontrollably excited.
The stars are so talented, the sets are stunning, Chadwick Boseman is so handsome and Lupita slays. This is the chorus across social media as thousands cannot contain themselves since the trailer hit the internet last year.
Now at the recent premiere of the Marvel blockbuster in Hollywood, the entire cast of the film turned up in what is being called ‘African Royalty’. The carpet was actually purple instead of the usual red.
The dress code has had everyone talking and gleaming. Tickets to the premiere sold out so fast that even Lupita Nyong’o (who plays Wakandan operative Nakia) couldn’t get them.
And this is one of those times, where the hype is totally worth it, because every newly released film trailer is seemingly better than the last.
Its female roles are diverse and multi-dimensional. The film’s mere existence is helping bridge the pay gap for actors of colour.
Additionally, Kendrick Lamar produced the soundtrack. The rapper told The Verge, that scoring Ryan Coogler’s film was a “great marriage of art and culture”. There can be hardly any better visual representation of what all of these things mean to the culture at-large, than the red carpet (or rather purple carpet).
It was refreshing to see Hollywood’s leading Black actors and actress take this opportunity to remind us that red carpets can be fun.
Everyone delivered, and there wasn’t a sea of black dresses, either. Instead, actresses upped the stakes by wearing bold colours and voluminous silhouettes.
Like Angela Bassett’s stunning bright yellow Naeem Khan jumpsuit and Issa Rae’s white Rosie Assoulin gown with a holographic inset.
Nyong’o, meanwhile, matched the carpet in a regal custom Versace dress, and when she later uploaded a photo of herself to Instagram, she captioned it, “purple reign.”
TNT cannot describe their anxiety for the film’s release in the UK. It hits cinemas on 12 February.
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