Black Panther star's play to be staged at Young Vic

A play by Danai Gurira, star of Black Panther and The Walking Dead, is to be staged in London later this year.

The Convert, about a girl who converts to Catholicism in 1890s Rhodesia, will open at the Young Vic in December.

Kwame Kwei-Armah, the theatre's new artistic director, called the play, first staged in 2012, a "modern classic... ripe for interpretation."

Gurira played Wakandan general Okoye in Black Panther, Marvel's most successful comic book blockbuster to date.

The Convert was first seen in the UK in a 2017 production at London's Gate Theatre, with the Telegraph describing it as " rich and absorbing ".

Gurira's other plays include 2009's Eclipsed, which later played in New York with a cast headed by Black Panther's Lupita Nyong'o.

Kwei-Armah's debut season at the Young Vic also includes a musical reworking of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night that will involve members of the local community.

The playwright and former Casualty actor succeeds David Lan , who spent 18 years as the south London venue's artistic director.

Gurira, 40, was born in the US but grew up in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare.

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