Angela Bassett Filmed A Scene With T’Challa’s Son

Angela Bassett, who plays T’Challa’s son in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, recently disclosed that she recorded a scene with him. Bassett plays Queen Ramonda, the monarch of the Kingdom of Wakanda after her son King T’Challa/Black Panther unexpectedly passed away (Chadwick Boseman). Lupita Nyong’o, who was absent from both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, is back in the Black Panther sequel as Nakia, the Wakandan spy, and T’Challa’s love interest. She lives in Haiti as a teacher at an orphanage, where she covertly takes care of the boy she had with T’Challa, as opposed to serving Wakanda on a covert mission as she had in Black Panther.

Bassett stated that she shot a sequence with T’Challa’s hidden son that was ultimately removed from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in a recent interview with Variety. T’Challa’s kid, whose Wakandan name is the same as his father, Toussaint (Divine Love Konadu-Sun), was introduced to Shuri (Letitia Wright) by Nakia in a moment towards the middle of the credits. Bassett clarified that the new character would have been introduced sooner in the movie if she had a cut scene with Toussaint.

“I went to Haiti, of course. I met him, I was introduced to him… but it wound up on the cutting room floor,” says Bassett. The actor revealed that the young boy would have called Ramonda “Nanna” in the scene. Bassett also detailed that the scene was cut to save Toussaint’s reveal for the end of the movie, so it would be both “a surprise for the audience and to Shuri.” Bassett added, “It was the right way to go. Perfect to go about it.”