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'Black Panther' adds Angela Bassett as T'Challa's mother

Long live the king! Long live the king's mother! The Academy Award nominee is joining the 2018 Marvel film.

What's a mother's love got to do, got to do with it? Angela Bassett, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Tina Turner in the 1993 biopic "What's Love Got to Do With It?", is joining the cast of Marvel's "Black Panther" movie, the studio announced Monday.

Bassett most recently was seen on the FX horror series "American Horror Story: Roanoke," playing alcoholic actress Monet Tumusiime.

In "Black Panther," Bassett will play Ramonda, the mother of the Black Panther, aka T'Challa, king and protector of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. In the comics, T'Challa's mother dies giving birth to him, and Ramonda is his father's second wife, who was kidnapped and abused for years, though no one knows how closely the film will hew to comic canon.

Chadwick Boseman introduced his version of Black Panther in 2016's "Captain America: Civil War," and will star in the standalone film. Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira were earlier announced as members of the cast.

"Black Panther" is scheduled to hit US and UK theaters on July 6, 2018. (No release date yet for Australia).

Fans seemed to think this casting announcement was the mother of all good news, if the Twitter reaction was any indication.