Ryan Coogler made the announcement at the D23 Expo. Over the course of the weekend, an official release date for the next Black Panther film is undoubtedly one of the biggest takeaways from the expo, though. There’s no word yet as to whether Kendrick Lamar will play the villain, Lamar seems like a perfect candidate to start taking on dramatic roles. He is a natural storyteller whose dynamic, strong narrative voice has inspired a generation. A closer look at his work shows that acting might actually be a natural fit for the hip-hop superstar.