Thursday, 26 January 2017

Angela Bassett joins Black Panther

You might think that Ryan Coogler (Creed) had already finished assembling a truly exciting cast around star Chadwick Boseman (42) for Marvel's Black Panther. You would be mistaken, with Marvel announcing that Angela Bassett (Malcolm X) is now aboard.

The actress, who most recently appeared on American Horror Story and Stephen Poliakoff's Close To The Enemy, has joined Black Panther as Ramonda, who happens to be the mother of Boseman's T'Challa.

This is just the latest recruit for a cast that already includes the talents of Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels' The Butler), Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Daniel Kaluuya (Kick-Ass 2), Winston Duke (Person Of Interest) and Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War).

Black Panther will, of course, chart more of T'Challa's (Boseman) story as he grapples with both his royal and warrior destiny and fights enemies old and new, including Duke's M'Baku, the leader of a rival tribe.

Coogler and co-writer Joe Robert Cole (Amber Lake) are putting the finishing touches to the script ready to start shooting early later this year for a release in 2018. The film will hit UK screens on 9 February that year before arriving in the US on 16 February.

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