Angela Bassett became the latest high profile black actor to join the cast of Black Panther. Bassett joins Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Florence Kasumba and Winston Duke on Marvel’s highly anticipated 2018 film. The big question now is who’s the next big star to join the cast?
At this rate, Black Panther is pretty much a Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, James Earl Jones, Sidney Poiter or Laurence Fishburne hire away from having the most critically acclaimed lauded black cast of all time on one film.
In addition to Whittaker and Nyongo’o — Oscar winners in 2007 and 2014 respectively — Bassett is another star with an Oscar pedigree. Bassett earned a Best Actress nomination in 1994 for her role in What’s Love Got to Do with It.
There’s definitely a sense that everyone who’s anyone in black Hollywood wants in on this movie. Typically, Marvel Studios build its films around a star and at most four strong supporting actors.
While Director/Screenwriter Ryan Coogler and co-screenwriter Joe Robert Cole will try and give everyone some time to shine, I get more of the sense that these immensely talented stars just want to be a part of what could be a very special blockbuster.
It’s kind of like the NBA superteams when stars realize they won’t get as many shots and highlight reel opportunities, but just want to be a part of the magic. For a lot of these stars, that certainly seems to be the case.
Bassett (London Has Fallen) will be playing Boseman’s mother, Ramonda, which should provide her a significant role.
I was already excited about the film, but Bassett’s inclusion has me stoked. Black Panther can’t get here fast enough when it arrives in theaters Feb. 16, 2018.
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