In the first “Black Panther” movie, Angela Bassett plays Queen Ramonda, the mother of Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa. Following Boseman’s death, fans are looking to people like Bassett to get a sense of what the future of “Black Panther” entails. Luckily for them, Bassett got surprisingly candid about Wakanda’s future recently.
“I don’t know what it’s going to look like at all,” said Bassett in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “There have been about five incarnations of the script, and I hear another one’s coming.”
Multiple versions of scripts can happen. Oftentimes, that many script drafts involve new writers and script doctors, as was the case with now-classic films like “Sister Act” (which had Carrie Fisher for a script doctor, in fact) and “Last Action Hero.” However, as of this moment, the only writers for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” are the same team as the first film: director Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole.
“Of course, with our dear king [Boseman] going on to glory, a lot of things had to be shifted and changed,” Bassett explained. “So, thankfully, Ryan [Coogler] and Joe Robert Cole, they’re just such masterful storytellers that they’ve found a way into this world and hopefully it will be satisfying, I think, for the fans and it will be honorable of our Chad. We love our king.”
Hopefully, the sixth time will be the charm. In the meantime, it seems Bassett’s confidence in the “Black Panther” team is unwavering.