Ever since Iron Man in 2008, Marvel has cast its movies carefully. As a result, Marvel’s movies have featured a rich variety of newcomers, rising stars and old hands. Most of the studio’s movies could be considered as having all-star ensembles who support the lead characters. The quality of the performances helps us to accept superpowered characters and their often-outlandish actions.
The upcoming Black Panther looks to be no exception. Chadwick Boseman will star as T’Challa, who became the ruler of African nation Wakanda after his father was killed in Captain America: Civil War. Boseman has demonstrated his star power as Jackie Robinson in 42 and as James Brown in Get on Up, so portraying T’Challa, also known as Black Panther, should be another great showcase for him.
Marvel and director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) have surrounded Boseman with rising stars Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o, relative newcomers Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke and Florence Kasumba, as well as old hands like Forest Whitaker. Now Marvel has announced that Angela Bassett has joined the cast as Ramonda, T’Challa’s mother.
Nominated for an Academy Award for her lacerating performance in What’s Love Got to Do with It, Bassett has proven herself in a wide variety of roles, including a guest shot on the first TV version of The Flash and a supporting role in the first big-screen Green Lantern. She appeared in Black Nativity with Whitaker in 2013 (above). Most recently she’s brought a wild collection of characters to life in multiple seasons of TV’s American Horror Story. Undoubtedly she’ll bring her trademark strength and vitality to her role as T’Challa’s mother.
Black Panther is set to open in theaters on February 16, 2018.