UM alumnus Jesse Holland Jr. pens 'Black Panther' superhero novel Film is expected to soar at the box office for opening weekend

OXFORD – University of Mississippi alumnus Jesse Holland Jr. was tapped by Marvel to reintroduce the world to the 1960s "Black Panther" superhero franchise through a new novel ahead of this weekend’s release of the blockbuster film about T’Challa, ruler of Wakanda. Holland, a Holly Springs graduated from the university in 1994 with a degree in journalism, was tasked in 2016 with retelling the through a 90,000-word origin novel based on material in six . The goal was to create a new world for the character, T’Challa, set in modern times. The novel was released last fall as of efforts to promote the new $200 million movie, which stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, and features Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong’o. Rap megastar Kendrick Lamar produced the soundtrack. Being asked to write the novel, "Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther?" was a dream come true, Holland said. "I’ve been reading comic books my entire life," Holland said. "When I was Miss, me and my friends would drive from campus all the to Memphis to comic book shops on Wednesday or Thursday nights when the new ones came out and pick […]

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