Angela Bassett has praised the filming and casting of Marvel Studio’s forthcoming Black Panther. The busy actress was recently interviewed about her role in American Horror Story (and the politically charged seventh season), along with her charity work and other projects. However, she still found time to drop some positive words about shooting the much-anticipated Marvel film.
Although it was recently announced that Bassett would take a starring role in Mission Impossible 6, plenty of film fans remain just as eager to see her portrayal of T’Challa’s mother Ramonda in Black Panther, which had been confirmed by Marvel at the end of last year. She is accompanied in the cast by a long list of other talented actors such as; Chadwick Boseman (playing T’Challa), Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, and many more.
During a video interview with Toofab, Bassett acknowledged the massive fan-base, and praised the quality of the casting choices;
“It seems like there’s a vast wide audience of people who are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Black Panther at the top of the new year. I had a fantastic time and no one’s gonna be disappointed.”
“It’s a lot of strength and balance and beauty and I’m just thrilled by getting to work with Danai and Lupita and actresses and brand new faces across the diaspora, it was beautifully cast. It’s going to be quite a sight and I think it’s going to be magnetic.”
Interestingly when asked about the film, she seemed surprised that some people had already seen some of her footage and admitted that she had not done so yet, but indicated that she was extremely proud of her role in the film. Given that the character is expected to have a major mentoring influence over King T’Challa and his rule over Wakanda, it’s sure to be an accomplished performance by the award-winning actress. Black Panther finishes principal photography last month, and a trailer is expected to debut at the San Diego Comic-Con in July. The movie’s story picks up the narrative threads from Captain America: Civil War, with Bucky Barnes now “hibernating” in T’Challa’s kingdom. It’s also expected to contain some themes that will have some major repercussions for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the latest synopsis hinted at a “World War”.
With Bassett’s involvement, and the over-bearing shadow of Avengers: Infinity War due to open mere months after Black Panther, it’s safe to say that this remains a hugely important film for Marvel Studios. But given their unfailing run of success so far, it’s unlikely to let fans down.
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