Marvel’s Black Panther Casts Oscar Nominee Angela Bassett
Marvel’s Black Panther continues to ramp up its pre-production festivities, as this week they cast Oscar nominee Angela Bassett as The Queen-Mother of Wakanda, Ramonda.
Bassett has a storied history across her several decades in Hollywood. She is probably best known for her roles in films such as Director Spike Lee’s Malcolm X from 1992, 1998’s How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and more recently in the Olympus/London Has Fallen films. Bassett’s most recent work is now on television, including an Emmy-nominated turn on FX’s American Horror Story.
Bassett has been cast to portray Ramonda is, step-mother to T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) and queen of Marvel’s fictional African nation of Wakanda. She was wife, and now widow, to Wakanda’s King T’Chaka who was assassinated in Marvel’s last MCU film, 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.
T’Challa, the new ruler of the advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must defend his land from being torn apart by enemies from outside and inside the country. Marvel’s Black Panther is set for release in 2018, directed by Ryan Coogler.