Danai Guria Speaks on Upcoming “All Eyes On Me” & “Black Panther” roles.

If you don’t recognize Danai Gurira you obviously don’t have AMC or cable or own a television for that matter. Or maybe you live under a rock I don’t know. If you aren’t aware Dana portrays the katana-wielding zombie apocalypse survivor known as Michonne, in the critically acclaimed; AMC’s The Walking Dead. Gurira has garnered the admiration of the viewers in her four years amongst the cast, she happens to be my favorite. Her very tragic origin story, has turned her into a bad ass zombie killing machine, and perfect queen for Rick Grimes. We last saw Michonne amongst the members of Rick’s squad who were all lined up to become a Lucille victim; at the hands of the villainous yet charasmatic Negan. I believed she was the victim due to the compelling evidence which you can see here, but now thanks to the a-holes at the Spoiling Dead, I know that she isn’t. Well that is a little of a let down because I lost a twenty dollar bet, but i’m relieved that my favorite character will live to slice and dice another day.

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Danai Gurira as Michonne – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 10 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

This is probably not to the knowledge of the casual fan, but Gurira is becoming a very accomplished actress. She’s has won film festival awards for her roles in Mother of George and The Visitor, she also was the  recipient of a Drama Desk Award for her talent in playwriting earlier in 2016. Another thing fans might not know about the talented actress,  is how her own origins and passion have helped shape her upcoming roles in both Marvel’s Black Panther and the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me.

During her interview with ET, where Danai spoke about how her childhood in Zimbabwe, and how much it has had an influence on her career. She also stated briefly how “heartbreaking” the news of Tupac’s death was:

“He was a very complex man … I found it a deep honor and deeply surreal to step into his life and portray the person who was probably the most important to him, his mother.”

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The article ET did on Danai also focuses heavily on the importance of Marvel’s Black Panther solo movie. Which I can’t wait to see, after witnessing his show stealing performance. The film will highlight the second but most famous major African superhero on film, and will be set in Africa, well the fictional county of Wakanda to be exact. In the upcoming heavily anticipated movie, Gurira plays Okoye, Black Panther’s head of security. Here is what she had to say about the film:

“I grew up seeing a lot of superheroes and they didn’t look like me and they certainly weren’t in Africa…I think that it is something great for girls who are like me growing up. Growing up in Africa, we were looking for images we couldn’t always find.”

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She has used her talent as a playwright and creator to bring these realities through the light of cinema. She desires for her work to stand for something meaningful for the African people. She recently co-wrote and narrated the documentary about the younger inhabitants of the Nyumbani Village, situated in Nairobi, Kenya titled, “I Was There”. Her  two acclaimed plays, Familiar and Eclipsed, focus on the lives of African women. Hollywood needs responsible black representation, so that the black community can transcend the stereotype and typecasting. She is really trying to make change and that makes me proud of here,even more proud then when she was walking around with zombies on a leash. I wait in anticipation to see what she will continue to do with her roles and the rest of her body of work.

 

All Eyez on Me is supposed to release in the U.S. on Nov. 11th, 2016. Black Panther hits theaters on Feb. 16, 2018. The Walking Dead returns to AMC for its seventh season on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. EST.

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