Chadwick Boseman and Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins Team for ‘70s-Set Thriller

Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman and Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight, team for Expatriate, a plane hijacking thriller.

What a difference a year can make. Just 12 months ago, Oscar nominated director Barry Jenkins and producer Marc Platt had their named entwined due to an awards season competition between Jenkins’ Moonlight (which won Best Picture) and Platt’s La La Land production (which did see a Best Director win for Damian Chazelle). Now in 2018, Jenkins and Platt are teaming up for the immediately intriguing Expatriate, a 1970s-set thriller put together by Chadwick Boseman, the star of Marvel’s Black Panther.

Indeed, as announced Friday, Expatriate will work from a screenplay by Logan Coles and Boseman himself. The film will cover what appears to be a fictional plane hijacking during a time period in which hostage-taking was on the rise given political turmoil (the famous TWA 847 hijacking would come a decade later in 1985). The thriller is set-up at Universal Pictures, which will distribute the film. Boseman has recently starred in other non-Marvel projects at the studio, including the James Brown biopic, Get On Up (2014).

Expatriate will mark Jenkins’ first movie since the staggering success and groundswell of support around Moonlight, a $4 million-budgeted movie that went on to gross $65 million worldwide and winning a major Best Picture upset. Jenkins also won a screenplay for the film. He is currently attached to If Beale Street Could Talk, as well as a miniseries adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Underground Railroad.

Boseman was most recently seen as the first African American Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in last fall’s Marshall, and will next be seen in this year’s one-two superhero punch from Marvel Studios, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.