By Travis Martin
“Black Panther” has added another famous actress to the film, as Angela Bassett has been cast in the Marvel movie. Marvel made the announcement themselves. She is set to play Ramonda, the surrogate mother of T’Challa aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) after his real mother died during child birth.
Bassett gained attention in 1992 after playing Betty Shabazz, the wife of civil rights leader Malcolm X (Denzel Washington) in Spike Lee‘s “Malcolm X.“ Next year, she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do with It.“ She was also seen in films like “Notorious,“ “Green Lantern,“ “Olympus Has Fallen,“ and “Chi-Raq.“ Bassett got a career revamp for being part of Ryan Murphy and FX‘s “American Horror Story” series, beginning with 2013’s “American Horror Story: Coven” as Voodoo queen Marie Laveau. She was most recently seen in “American Horror Story: Roanoke” as Lee Harris and the actress who portrayed Harris, Monet Tumusiime.
The movie will also star Forest Whitaker as advisor Zuri, Michael B. Jordan as main villain Erik Killmonger, Martin Freeman as CIA operative Everett K. Ross, Lupita Nyong’o as Dora Milaje member and love interest Nakia, Denai Gurira as other Dora Milaje member Okoye, and Winston Duke as fellow villain M’Baku aka Man-Ape. Ryan Coogler directs the film with a script by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole. “Black Panther” comes out on February 16, 2018.