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The 29-year-old short looked like he was on the verge of stardom after his charismatic star turn in "Stomp the Yard," but Channing Tatum-sized opportunities eluded him. After dropping off the grid for a couple years, Short returned this spring as one of the stars of ABC's "Scandal," which showed off some brains and authority. As a dancer and choreographer, the "Black Panther" producers would know they were getting a star up to any of the character's possible physical demands.
- Daniel Fienberg