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We didn’t think it was possible for the cast of Marvel’s Black Panther film to get even more amazing, but we were wrong.
The studio announced Monday that the Oscar-nominated actress Angela Bassett, who is currently starring and killing it in American Horror Story, has been cast as Ramonda, T’Challa’s mother and the Queen Mother of Wakanda.
It’s unclear how large her role will be. It’s most likely that it’ll be a small part, but just seeing her face on screen gives us so much life.
A lot of people hold a similar opinion:
We've wanted you in a Marvel film for YEARS @ImAngelaBassett. We finally have you!
— Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) November 21, 2016
— sidney. (@sidneyfussell) November 21, 2016
— Ira (@IraHobbsJr) November 21, 2016
In the comics, Ramonda is T’Chaka’s second wife and T’Challa’s stepmother. T’Challa’s birth mother died during childbirth and at one point, Ramonda was held captive by a white supremacist, but T’Challa freed her and brought her back to Wakanda. We doubt any of this will be included in the film, which will most likely simplify her back story for a two-hour running time.
Announcements of Black Panther’s cast and crew have been blowing us away since the beginning when Chadwick Boseman was given the title role. It’s directed by Ryan Coogler, who helmed Fruitvale Station and Creed and he’s filled the cast with a number of extremely talented black actors, including Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira (Michonne on The Walking Dead), Daniel Kaluuya (probably most recognizable from Black Mirror), Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba, who immediately stood out in a brief scene in Captain America: Civil War.
Black Panther will hit theaters on Feb. 16, 2018. First, though, we’ll be getting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok.