Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in an episode airing Monday, the star says the film will be “amazing” and called writer-director Ryan Coogler “the perfect leader.”
Noting she couldn’t reveal too much, she said: “It’s going to be amazing. It’s going to top [the first] one. Can I say that?”
DeGeneres said how hard it must have been for the cast to return for a sequel without original star Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa, aka Black Panther, in the first film. Boseman died Aug. 28, 2020, after a years long battle with colon cancer. Bassett played his mother, Ramonda, the Queen Mother of Wakanda.
“He was such an example, such a leader, an amazing talent — we all know that,” she said. “Big heart, great intellect, and we just hope to raise his standard.”
The first film, which was released in February 2018, earned $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office, according to Box Office Mojo. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters Nov. 11.