Angela Bassett Joins Black Panther

Ramonda and Bassett

Ramonda and Bassett

Golden Globe winner, Primetime Emmy Award nominee, Acadamy Award nominee, Screen Actors Guild Award nominee, MTV Movie Award nominee, BET Award nominee to name a few, Angela Bassett has portrayed numerous strong, female, powerful roles that have landed her on the award lists for countless organizations.  She is known for her character work on powerful, inspirational role models for women.  Now, she can add the role of Ramonda to her extensive curriculum vitae.

For the 2018 Black Panther movie, Bassett joins fellow actors Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa / Black Panther), Forest Whitaker (Zuri), Winston Duke (M’Baku / Man-Ape), Michael B. Jordan (Erik Killmonger), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Andy Serkis (Ulysses Klaw) and – of course – Stan Lee for the cast.

MCP # 14
The First Appearance of Rhonda

So who is Ramonda? Ramonda is T’Challa’s and Shuri’s (T’Challa/BP’s Sister) Mother and a former Queen of Wakanda. She is also widowed; her husband and former Wakanda King/Chieftan T’Chaka was killed by an assassin with ties to Klaw’s attempt at stealing the country’s vibranium. It was this death that spurned T’Challa in to action and resulted in Klaw’s hand being destroyed and shattered.  Ramonda is actually T’Challa’s step-mother and the second wife to T’Chaka. T’Challa’s birth mother N’Yami died while in labor with the future king and so it was T’Chaka and Ramonda who brought up the young T’Challa who would eventually assume the Black Panther title.  Ramonda’s first appearance is Marvel Comics Presents # 14 which was in comic book shops during the early part of 1989.

Black Panther will be in theaters for wide release on February 16, 2018.

Black Panther

MARVEL / DISNEY PRESS RELEASE:

Academy Award-nominated actress Angela Bassett has joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther.” Bassett, who currently stars in “American Horror Story,” will play Ramonda, mother of T’Challa, aka Black Panther.

Directed by Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station,” “Creed”), “Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman in the title role alongside Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba. The film arrives in theaters on February 16, 2018.

 

BLACK PANTHER SYNOPSIS:

T’Challa, the new ruler of the advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must defend his land from being torn apart by enemies from outside and inside the country.

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