Marvel Studios announced today that Oscar-nominated actress Angela Bassett would be joining the cast of Black Panther as T’challa’s step-mother, Ramonda.
In the comics, Ramonda was the former Queen of Wakanda, but lost her position after the death of her husband and T’Challa’s father, T’Chaka. She was eventually given back the position from her son later on in the series.
Bassett most recently finished her third season on Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series, American Horror Story. Bassett also did the voice work for Ana Spanikopita in BoJack Horseman but most probably know her for her work in 1994’s What’s Love Got to Do with It, which is also the role she was nominated for the following year at the Academy Awards.
Bassett joins Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba in the film. Ryan Coogler, best known for Creed and Fruitvale Station, is directing.
Black Panther is slated to hit theaters Feb. 16, 2018.