While we only get a brief glimpse of T'Challa's stepmother, Queen Ramonda, in the Black Panther trailers, her story the film's source material is one haunted by kidnapping, sexual abuse, and physical disability. After T'Challa's birth mother died in childbirth, T'Chaka married Ramonda, with whom he ruled until she was abducted by Anton Pretorius, a racist South African magistrate who sent altered photos to the Wakandan king to make it appear as though his queen had run off with another man. Eventually, T'Challa rescued her from Pretorius' clutches, but later arcs would see her gravely wounded when a terrorist attack in the Golden City left her with broken legs and fractured vertebrae and caused her to slip into a coma—though she would eventually recover. Suffice it to say, she'd never had it easy.
Angela Bassett, on the other hand, has cemented herself as a veritable legend on the big—and small—screen. Starring in a string of critically acclaimed '90s films like Malcolm X, What's Love Got to Do With It, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Waiting to Exhale, Bassett would later bring her talents to television, nabbing big roles in a number of Ryan Murphy-run shows like American Horror Story and the upcoming FOX police procedural 9-1-1 alongside fellow AHS alum Connie Britton.