Kamaru Usman is currently preparing to defend his title against Leon Edwards in August, but just two months later he will see himself on the big screen for the first time.
UFC welterweight champion set to appear in upcoming sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverwhich is due out November 11 from Marvel Studios.
UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier first mentioned Usman’s role during the UFC 277 weigh-in show. Additional sources confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Friday. .
It’s unclear what role Usman will play in the Ryan Coogler-directed film that continues the Black Panther story following the tragic death of lead star Chadwick Boseman in 2020.
The first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever debuted at San Diego Comic Con last weekend, with the film’s cast and crew sharing an emotional moment on stage after seeing the footage for the first time, which also pays homage to Boseman.
“Chad is no longer with us physically, but his spirit, his passion, his genius, his pride, his culture and the impact he had on this industry will be felt forever,” Coogler said onstage at San Diego. “We put our love for Chadwick into this film.”
Usman joins a cast that includes returning stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke and Angela Basset, alongside newcomers Dominique Thorne and Tenoch Huerta.
The reigning UFC champ has long teased his desire to land a role in the Black Panther sequel, including a mockup he posted on Instagram a few years ago where he wore the outfit made for T’Challa as described by Boseman in Captain America: Civil War.
Check out the first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever below with the film, which hits theaters on November 11.