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Black Panther: Angela Bassett to play T'Challa's mother in Marvel film

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Angela Bassett is headed to Wakanda.

The American Horror Story and What’s Love Got to Do With It star has joined the cast of the superhero movie Black Panther, Marvel Studios announced Monday. She’ll play Ramonda, mother of T’Challa/Black Panther.

Chadwick Boseman will play the titular warrior-king, reprising his role from Captain America: Civil War. The star-studded ensemble also includes Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, and Danai Gurira.

Creed and Fruitvale Station filmmaker Ryan Coogler is directing Black Panther, which is based on the the groundbreaking character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the 1960s. Considered the first black superhero in mainstream comics, Black Panther is the ruler and protector of Wakanda, a fictional African nation known for its advanced technology and its deposits of the wonder metal known as vibranium.

Bassett was last seen on the big screen in London Has Fallen and Chi-Raq, and her other recent and upcoming screen projects include the Acorn TV miniseries Close to the Enemy and the Amazon animated special The Snowy Day.

Black Panther is scheduled to hit theaters Feb. 16, 2018.

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