Queen Ramonda, Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett's version of Erik Killmonger is so good she could take Michael B. Jordan's job

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Mar 16, 2018

We've been living with the massive hit that is Black Panther for a month now, and even as pretty much everyone who couldn't wait to see the film has seen it at this point (often multiple times), it's still hard to get over just how much fun the film's cast is. Stars like Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, and more were great during the Panther press tour, but watching them react as fans around the world come to love the movie they made is arguably even more delightful. 

So, we've already seen Letitia Wright freestyling from the set. We've seen Boseman and Gurira play a game of "Fear Box." We've seen Winston Duke deliver a special message to a kid who does a great M'Baku impression. Now we get to see the great Angela Bassett attempting to audition for a role other than the regal Queen Ramonda: Erik Killmonger.

While Wright and Duke might be the film's breakout stars, Jordan is arguably Black Panther's greatest asset, presenting the kind of relatable villain Marvel Studios has often been criticized for not giving us enough of. He steals many of the film's best scenes, has many of the best lines, and just generally dominates the screen every moment he's on it. That doesn't mean Jordan's the only actor who can embody the role, though. Bassett was recently a guest on BuzzFeed's AM to DM morning show, where she talked about her belief that Jordan's amazing "Hey, auntie" line was improvised, and then did a little Killmonger audition of her own. 

Sometimes clips require a detailed description before we show them to you, and sometimes they just speak for themselves. Just watch this:

For much of the "audition," Bassett's just goofing around, but as the lines get more intense, she dials up her natural talent, and by the time she's talking about all the places Killmonger took human life in order to earn that name, you believe it. We don't necessarily need a remake of Black Panther with Bassett playing Killmonger instead of Jordan, but we wouldn't say no to it.