Not satisfied with the impressive array of acting talent that it has already assembled, Marvel’s Black Panther movie can now proudly boast the addition of another top name: step forward Angela Bassett.
Here, she will be playing the role of Ramonda, the mother of T’Challa, the Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman). In the comics she is the former queen and wife of T’Chala’s father T’Chaka (and current queen mother). As the wife of one Black Panther and the mother of another, she is as formidable as you might expect, so expect her to have a prominent role in proceedings.
Having been excellent recently in American Horror Story (every season she has been involved in, come to think of it), as well as having memorable roles in the likes of Malcolm X, Boyz In The Hood and Strange Days, we can safely say that we’re delighted with the prospect of Bassett’s involvement. The casting couldn’t be anymore perfect, and we’re looking forward to seeing how she gets on.
In the meantime, here’s the current synopsis for Black Panther, as told at Comic-Con:
The story is that the Black Panther’s leadership is really threatened by two foes who come together, and so Black Panther gets the help of the C.I.A. and the Dora Milaje to try and defeat the enemy.
Bassett joins a cast that already includes Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordan, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Winston Duke, Daniel Kaluuya, Florence Kasumba and Letitia Wright, with Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman reportedly set to reprise their roles as Ulysses Klaue and Everett K Ross respectively. Ryan Coogler is directing from a script he co-penned with Joe Robert Cole.
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