AceShowbiz - %cAngela Bassett% has joined the burgeoning cast of "Black Panther". Marvel Studios has announced that the Oscar-nominated actress will portray T'Challa's mother named Ramonda, starring alongside %cChadwick Boseman% who will reprise his role as the titular superhero.
The star-studded ensemble also includes the likes of %cForest Whitaker%, %cMartin Freeman%, %cDanai Gurira%, %cLupita Nyong'o% and %cMichael B. Jordan%. Additionally "Person of Interest" alum %cWinston Duke% has been tapped to play Black Panther's enemy M'Baku a.k.a. Man-Ape.
Director Ryan Coogler is attached to sit behind the lens for the movie which is expected to begin production in Atlanta, Georgia early next year. He also co-writes the screenplay with "American Crime Story" scribe Joe Robert Cole.
"Black Panther" is set to hit U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018. It follows T'Challa, the new ruler of the advanced kingdom of Wakanda who must defend his land from being torn apart by enemies from outside and inside the country.
Bassett is one of the stars on FOX's "American Horror Story". The 58-year-old actress was most recently seen on the big screen in %cGerard Butler%'s "London Has Fallen" and in Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" opposite %cNick Cannon%, %cSamuel L. Jackson%, %cJennifer Hudson% and %cJohn Cusack%.