Ava DuVernay Bows Out of Directing ‘Black Panther’

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Ava DuVernay has confirmed that she will not be directing Marvel’s Black Panther.

“It wasn’t for me,” DuVernay told HuffPost at the 21st annual Essence Music Festival. “I loved exploring it, I loved the character, I love that they called me about it, but ultimately, when I delved into it, it wasn’t a good match, so I wish them luck.”

Had the Selma director continued with the project, once production was over she would have made history as the first non-White, non-male director to see a Marvel film to its completion.

Black Panther is the first major black superhero movie, and will star Chadwick Boseman in the titular role.

The film is scheduled to be released July 6, 2018.

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