Actress Angela Bassett is, quite simply, a national treasure. How awesome is Ms. Bassett? Well, the folks over at BuzzFeed News recently got the actress to “audition” for the part of Erik Killmonger in Black Panther, instead of the part she actually played in the film, Queen Ramonda. And as you can see below, she kicks ass–as she always does. She can’t help it.
— AM to DM by BuzzFeed News (@AM2DM) March 15, 2018
As great as Michael B. Jordan was as the villain, I actually wouldn’t mind travelling to the alternate universe where Bassett plays Killmonger. Although first, I’d want to travel to the alternate universe where she was cast to play Storm in the X-Men franchise back in the day, because who wouldn’t want that?For those of you only now discovering her awesomeness thanks to her role as T’Challa’s mother in Black Panther, then you should all complete some Bassett-focused homework right away and watch her amazing performances in several seasons of American Horror Story, Strange Days, and her Oscar nominated turn as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It. Her performance as Tina Turner will change your life.
In all seriousness however, here’s hoping Kevin Feige gives her more to do in future Black Panther or Avengers films, because it would be a crime to waste someone who has so much talent. And if they want to break the rules and also cast her as Storm in the eventual MCU version of the X-Men, I will totally pretend not to notice she’s playing another role in the same franchise. It would be worth it.
What’s your favorite Angela Bassett role? Be sure to sound off in the comments.
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