Celebrity News May 05, 2021
Angela Bassett on Why Chadwick Boseman’s Part Won’t Be Recast in ‘Black Panther’ Sequel
“Extra’s” Nate Burleson was with Angela Bassett right after news broke that the sequel to "Black Panther" will be released on July 8, 2022.
"Black Panther," in which she starred as Ramonda, mother of the late Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, will be followed by "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."
Angela told Nate, “Getting ready to start this summer ‘Black Panther 2’… ‘Wakanda Forever,’ so you can imagine how thrilled and excited I am to get to work on that.”
When asked if Chadwick’s part would be recast in light of his death last year, Angela answered, “You can’t recast that indomitable spirit.”
As for honoring him in the sequel, she said, “I’m sure they will.”
Bassett also gave her take on Boseman not winning the Best Actor Oscar for his final performance, in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” saying, “I was looking forward to applauding his win because that’s what we had heard, but knowing Chadwick and knowing the type of actor and professional human being that he was, I can’t be disappointed… First and foremost, he was always, always, always about the work… He wins in life and in heaven he wins — he’s a winner.”
The Oscars ended with a surprise victory for Anthony Hopkins, who took home the award for his acclaimed work on “The Father.”
Watch Anthony Hopkins Honor Chadwick Boseman After His Surprise Oscar WinView Story
Another noteworthy moment that night came when Oscar nominee Glenn Close won the night when she did “Da Butt.” Angela raved, “She’s phenomenal. She's down for having fun. I love everything about her… It's an iconic Oscar moment.”
Now, Angela is raising awareness about type 2 diabetes and heart disease by joining forces with the American Heart Association to host a special event to help people win their real-life health battles. She shared, “There’s a joint initiative between the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association, bringing more awareness to this link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease… Which is something I’m passionate about because my mother was befell by those two things.”
The event streams on DiabetesTheater.org on May 25.