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Chadwick Boseman completely irreplaceable in Black Panther, says Angela Bassett

Chadwick Boseman, popularly known as T'Challa aka Black Panther, died last August aged 43 following a quiet battle with colon cancer.

By: PTI | Los Angeles |
January 24, 2021 2:35:36 pm
chadwick boseman black panther sequelAngela Bassett played Chadwick Boseman's mother in Black Panther. (Photo: Angela Bassett/Instagram, Chadwick Boseman/Instagram)

Angela Bassett has praised Marvel Studios’ decision of not bringing a new artiste or digitally recreating Chadwick Boseman’s likeness for the Black Panther sequel as she believes the late actor is completely irreplaceable.

Boseman, who passed away in August at the age of 43 following a quiet battle with colon cancer, played King of Wakanda, T’Challa aka Black Panther, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe project. Bassett essayed the role of Black Panther’s mother Ramonda in the 2018 movie.

In November, Marvel Studios’ Victoria Alonso confirmed that the studio would not digitally recreate Boseman, while last month Disney announced that there were no plans of recasting for the late actor’s role in the sequel.

“That’s interesting. Well I had not thought about that idea, but of course it is Wakanda and they are, in terms of technology, they are so far ahead of the rest of the world that they would be able to bring some of that,” Bassett told Entertainment Tonight.

The 62-year-old actor said she was looking forward to what Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige and director Ryan Coogler had in store for the team as well as the audiences.

“It’s a tremendous loss but Kevin (Feige) and the Marvel universe and Ryan (Coogler), the director, the writer from before, they are committed to telling (a story) and equally as much as we can, equally planned. So we are looking forward to that. Looking forward to what they come up with,” she said.

She said the love people have for Boseman cannot be replicated. “Our brother held it really close, really close to the chest. But his legacy, his loss, the love and appreciation that we have for who he was and what he shared with us cannot be (replaced)… It is missed and appreciated and cannot be duplicated. It’s a tremendous honor and, yes, he is completely irreplaceable.”

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