She might be best known as AHS: Freak Show's triple-breasted circus artist or Coven's demented Marie Laveau, but Angela Bassett is trading the voodoo for the royal family (no, not that one) and suiting up for a role in #Marvel's Black Panther.
Bassett will play Queen Ramonda of Wakanda, who, from name alone, sounds like the kind of professional scene thief Ryan Murphy would conceive in one of the more acid-trippy seasons of #AmericanHorrorStory.
What Do We Know About Queen Ramonda?
On the pages of Marvel Comics, Ramonda is a key advisor to T'Challa after he becomes the Black Panther in the wake of his father T'Chaka's death. Born in South Africa, Ramonda marries into the Wakandan crown and raises T'Challa as her own, along with her biological daughter Shuri, earning the title of Queen Mother when T'Challa officially becomes King.
From what we know of #BlackPanther so far — the fact that a chunk of it will take place in a country so-far-undiscovered in the #MCU, dealing with court politics — it basically sounds like Marvel's own Wonder Woman, and like the latter movie it promises to give its universe a bold visual makeover.
Ramonda, though, isn't one of Marvel Comics' better-known supporting characters, so there's plenty of scope to give her personality a few alterations depending on where Marvel plan to take T'Challa's character.
Whatever happens, Bassett is in good company — a cast comprising Chadwick Boseman, Andy Serkis, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman and Michael B. Jordan is essentially Hollywood A-List Porn. Throw Creed director Ryan Coogler into the mix and the only way this movie could go wrong is if Pepper Potts showed up looking for a job. (Just kidding. We're rooting for ya, Gwynnie.)
Black Panther hits theaters July 6, 2018.
Does Black Panther's shit-hot cast have you stoked?