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Pretty frequently, voice actor announcements are just neat. "Oh Matt Mercer, cool", "Of course Troy Baker is in this", "I love Ashly Burch, she's the best", and so on and so forth. But there is one voice people get hyped about in my experience and that is the buttery smooth tones of the one and only Christopher Judge.
You likely know Christopher Judge either from his days as Teal'c in Stargate or as the terrifying Kratos in 2018's God of War. Either way, this man probably has a place in your heart or at least his voice does, which is why we're so excited that his next project is imminent. Of course, Judge will be taking on the role of Kratos once again for God of War 2: Ragnarok, but Entertainment Weekly has just revealed he will also be voicing Black Panther in Marvel's Avengers expansion, War for Wakanda.
Here is the trailer for War for Wakanda...
Of course, Black Panther is now tied to the late Chadwick Boseman who passed away last year after a battle with cancer. He is always going to be remembered for his role as T'Challa and that's why Christopher Judge originally turned down the role in Marvel's Avengers.
He says to EW: "I turned it down straight away. There's many Black Panthers, but I really didn't believe that anyone should ever do T'Challa again [following Boseman]. The actual talks proceeded and, basically, I wound up doing it because my mother and my children said if I didn't do it, they would disown me," he laughs.
"To be quite honest, I was fearful of being compared to what Chadwick had so wonderfully done. The only way I could really wrap my head around it was to not even attempt a voice match, to let my performance stand on its own. I put all that into it and hopefully people like it."
This version of Black Panther will be different from the MCU's as T'Challa is going to be older and "a little bit more wisened". He will have been the king of Wakanda for a good while before he has to battle Klaw to protect it.
Hilariously, the interview also reveals that when recording at Judge's new at-home voice studio, Beth McGuire who guided him into the Wakandan accent has also guided him into a high tone of voice. We're excited to experience the final product when the expansion launches this August.
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