Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan spoke to RTÉ Entertainment about the importance of representation in film "not just for people of colour but women also".

The 31-year-old actor plays the film's antagonist Erik Killmonger, and makes up one part of an impressive ensemble cast which also features Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya and more.

Speaking about how Black Panther reflects the diverse world in which we live, Jordan told RTÉ Entertainment, "Representation is very important, being able to see yourself on screen, being able to dream and see yourself in various roles, and you know, wondering what my 10-year-old self, how that would've impacted me, to think about the possibilities of what I could achieve, what I could be.

"So yeah, representation I think is extremely important, not just for people of colour but women also, seeing themselves in strong, smart female leads, I think it's super important."

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The film's writer-director Ryan Coogler said that he feels the film's portrayal of strong women is a "commentary on society."

"You've got incredibly strong women around T'Challa and that's a commentary on society, in terms of the ancient cultures on the continent of Africa and women's place there, and also the idealised future of what the world could be like, what a high functioning society would look like in terms of identity and who's allowed to do what," Coogler told RTÉ Entertainment.

"We wanted Wakanda to be a place where everybody did everything and that was ok and it was embraced, and there was a king who empowered people to be great, because he knows it will make him great and the country great and protect him more."

Black Panther hits cinemas on February 13.