Today, word spread that Oscar-nominated actress, Angela Bassett (American Horror Story), is joining the likes of Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, and Forest Whitaker in the highly-aniticipated Marvel movie, Black Panther.
Thanks to the stellar lineup, the movie is already looking like the most deliciously black movie of all time - with a cast as talented as they are fine!
Directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed), the movie focuses on the fictional African kingdom, Wakanda, and its prince and warrior, T’Challa/Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman, who you'll remember from his role in Captain America: Civil War).
Angela Basset will be playing Queen Ramonda, the mother of T'Challa, and the second wife to the late King of Wakanda, T’Chaka, who was murdered in Captain America: Civil War. In the comics, Queen Ramonda is actually T’challa’s surrogate mother (his biological mother died giving birth to him) so the movie seems open to deviating from the comic just a little.
While we don't know too much about the plot of the movie, we do know a few things about the supporting characters.
Forest Whitaker is set to play an elder statesman in Wakanda, with Michael B. Jordan playing villain, Erik Killmonger, Lupita playing Nakia (a member of T'Challa's personal bodyguard unit, the Dora Milaje) and Florence Kasumba will also be expanding her brief but memorable role from Civil War.
The Ugandan-German actress delivered the show-stopping line “Move, or you will be moved” and sent shivers down our spines.
While we hope Marvel will create an African superhero based on a real African city in the future, the great thing about the fictional Wakanda is that these talented actors won't need to worry too much about perfecting the often problematic Hollywood 'African accent' - so we can thankfully focus on their talent and beauty this time around.
The film, is set for a February 2018 release and while there's no trailer for the movie just yet, you can head to the official Black Panther Twitter account for more details.