*Marvel Studios continues to build anticipation for next month’s release of “Black Panther” with a new featurette that explores lead character T’Challa’s royal heritage, and news that Kendrick Lamar has been tapped to produce the film’s soundtrack.
Titled “Black Panther: The Album,” he’ll team with Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith to feature music from and inspired by the film, which follows King T’Challa (aka The Black Panther) and his journey to protect his nation of Wakanda from enemies and prevent a possible world war.
Lamar and Tiffith will work with “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler in crafting the music, marking Lamar’s first major motion picture involvement and the first time Marvel Studios will create multiple original recordings specifically for a film.
Coogler reportedly hand-picked Lamar for the job. “I am honored to be working with such an incredible artist whose work has been so inspirational, and whose artistic themes align with those we explore in the film,” he said of the rapper.
Lamar added, “Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director. The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture. I’m truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside Ryan and Marvel’s vision.”
The lead single from the album titled “All the Stars” by Lamar and R&B singer SZA was released earlier Thursday (listen below).
“Black Panther” is due in theaters on Feb. 16. Chadwick Boseman leads an all-star cast that includes Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.
A new featurette focusing on the legacy of Boseman’s title character was also released Thursday, with Boseman and Coogler joining Marvel creator Stan Lee and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige in hyping the film.
“It’s not just stuff blowing up. It definitely is a character piece,” Boseman says in the 90 second clip. As to what differentiates T’Challa from the rest of the studio’s line-up, it’s his regal heritage: “He has to look out for an entire nation. That’s a responsibility that other superheroes don”t commonly have.”
Watch the new featurette below: