Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele has been listed as a member of the cast in the upcoming 2018 Avengers: Infinity War, starring alongside international movie stars Robert Downey Jr and Chris Hemsworth.
Akindele’s name was published on popular movie review website, IMDB, where it was revealed she will be a member of Dora Milaje, a team of women who serve as personal bodyguards of the Black Panther, the spiritual leader of Wakanda. (See screenshots below)
This makes it the first time a Nigerian-born actor will feature in a Hollywood superhero movie.
Other big names in the movie set to be released later in 2018 are Scarlett Johansson, Bernicio Del Toro and Chris Evans.
Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel feature in voice acting roles.
Based on the Marvel Comics superhero Avengers team, the movie is a sequel to The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron and a crossover between/sequel to Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther.
The movie will be released on May 4, 2018, making it the 19th main instalment in the MCU. The sequel, Avengers 4, is set for release on May 3, 2019.
Watch the trailer below: