Black Panther director Ryan Coogler mistaken for a bank robber

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler was mistaken for a thief while trying to withdraw money from his bank.

The filmmaker, who also directed the boxing film Creedwas arrested by Atlanta police in January after a bank teller mistakenly believed he was robbing.

Coogler walked into the bank wearing sunglasses and a face mask and handed the teller a slip with a note written on the back.

According to a police report obtained by TMZ, the note read: “I would like to withdraw $12,000 (£9,000) in cash from my checking account. Please make the money count elsewhere. I would like to be discreet.

The cashier then called the police, thinking a theft was taking place. When the police arrived, they placed Coogler and two other people in handcuffs, before letting them go.

The police report says that when the cashier made the transaction on his computer, an alert went off and he informed his boss that a theft was in progress.

The report goes on to note that Coogler requested the badge numbers of the officers involved.

Coogler is in Atlanta filming Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverthe continuation of the record Black Panther. Production on the sequel was plagued with complications, including an injury to Letitia Wright, who reprises her role as Shuri, as well as controversy over her vaccination status.


The Independent contacted a Coogler’s representative for comment.