Production on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will take a hiatus, starting the week of Thanksgiving, until “early 2022,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. One of the film’s stars, Letitia Wright, is still recovering from an injury she suffered while shooting in Boston this August.
She has been convalescing in London while director Ryan Coogler and the rest of the team continued production at Marvel’s home base in Atlanta. THR writes that they now “have shot all footage that his crew is able to without Wright.”
At the time, Wright’s stunt-related injury was believed to have been minor. Her hospitalization was short and representatives said the incident would not “impact the film’s current production schedule.” Since then, however, the anticipated sequel’s release date has changed from July 8, 2022, to November 11, 2022.
After Chadwick Boseman’s death last year, Marvel chief Kevin Feige announced that they would not recast his role of T’Challa and instead focus on other characters introduced in the first film. While the new movie’s plot has been heavily guarded, Wright’s breakout role of Shuri, T’Challa’s younger sister, is believed to have a prominent place.
Late last year, Wright caused some controversy when she shared a video on Twitter from Tomi Arayomi that offered skepticism of the coronavirus vaccine and also comments some deemed to be transphobic. (Her Marvel co-star Don Cheadle tweeted that the video was “hot garbage.”) All of these tweets have since been deleted. More recently, Wright denied allegations reported in THR that she had shared anti-vaccine views while on set.
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