9-1-1 and American Horror Story star Angela Bassett has opened up about filming the sequel to Black Panther, where she will be reprising her role as Ramonda, queen of Wakanda.
The sequel, named Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is due for release next summer and as Bassett and her co-stars go through the filming process, they are feeling the loss of Chadwick Boseman, who sadly died of cancer last year.
Speaking to The Guardian, Bassett said: “Everyone felt, the first week of shooting, the presence of Chadwick and missing him on that throne. But we all came together and just paid homage to him before we began, which was wonderful… everyone just speaking beautiful words about him and expressing how much we care and how he informed and inspired us.”
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Following Boseman’s death, Marvel announced that it would not be recasting his character T’Challa for the sequel, nor would it use digital recreation, but it offered no details as to how the new film will deal with T’Challa’s absence.
Director and co-writer Ryan Coogler spoke up in March about working without Boseman on the film.
“This is one of the more profound things I’ve ever gone through in my life, having to be a part of keeping this project going without [Chadwick Boseman] who was like the glue that held it together,” he told the Jemele Hill is Unbothered podcast.
He explained: “This is without a question the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my professional life. Without question. This one hurts, but it’s also incredibly motivating. When you look back on this guy lived his life and how he move through his world and what ha gave to us.”
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Many members of the cast and crew have expressed a wish to honour Boseman’s legacy as they work on the new film. Coogler has had to make many edits to the script and story to account for T’Challa’s absence, with Bassett revealing that the script was still being altered in July after filming kicked off over a month earlier.
Boseman first appeared in the role of T’Challa/Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, receiving international acclaim, and later reprised it in the standalone movie Black Panther as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Bassett meanwhile has too many acting credits to even list, but is best known for appearing in multiple series of American Horror Story, BoJack Horseman, and as Sergeant Athena Grant in Ryan Murphy’s 9-1-1.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has a release date of July 8, 2022. The first movie is streaming now on Disney+.
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