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No, not this Andy Serkis. ©Geek Crusade

The last time we saw stop motion genius Andy Serkis was as the mercenary Ulysses Klaue in Avengers: Age of Ultron (see our review), where he was busily getting his arm removed by Ultron. Now, after much speculation on the Internets, Marvel has confirmed Serkis’ involvement in Black Panther.

He’ll be playing Klaue again, a character better known as Klaw, “the murderous master of sound,” in the comics.  Serkis joins the likes of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira as members of Black Panther’s personal bodyguard corps the Dora Milaje, and Michael B. Jordan as the villain Erik Killmonger: a Wakandan exile who seeks to overthrow the new king.

Winston Duke will join the fray as M’Baku, a rival faction leader in Wakanda known in the comics as Man-Ape. Martin Freeman also reprises his Civil War role as Everett K. Ross.

Meanwhile, Marvel has released a plot summary for the movie:

“Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.”

Black Panther will be shot in Atlanta and South Korea and is set to premiere on February 16, 2018.