John Boyega has not been cast in ‘Black Panther’

The Star Wars star's agent has poured cold water on the rumours

John Boyega, the Peckham boy who’s taking Hollywood by storm will not be appearing in the upcoming Marvel superhero flick Black Panther, his agent has said.

Following feverish speculation that one of the breakout stars of Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be joining the cast of the hotly anticipated new film, Femi Oguns was forced last night to tweet “my client @JohnBoyega will not be starring in Black Panther”.

The film, which stars Chadwick Boseman in the titular role as the superpowered African king, has recently added a couple of other huge black actors to its cast: Michael B Jordan and Boyega’s Star Wars costar Lupita Nyong’o.

The internet was gripped yesterday by rumours flying around that Boyega, who played the reluctant stormtrooper Finn in Episode VII last year, was in talks to play a major role in the film, which will be released in February 2018.

The buzz for the film is huge, as it’ll be the first time a black character has had top billing in the Marvel Universe. Ryan Coogler, who directed Michael B Jordan in Creed, is at the helm. T’Challa, played by Boseman, is king of the fictional advanced African nation Wakanda, and made his first appearance on the big screen last month in Captain America: Civil War.