According to The Hollywood Reporter, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is shutting down production. The cause: a reported injury Letita Wright sustained back in August which saw the star leave the set for home in the UK. Since that time, the film continued on shooting around her character, Shuri, but with Wright still recuperating, production must pause. At the moment, though, this will not affect its November 11th 2022 release date.
Wright has been under fire ever since linking to a video last December which made unsubstantiated claims regarding the COVID-19 vaccines. A THR article published last month also indicated she was holding out on getting vaccinated and expressed opinions on the matter similar to the video. She subsequently called the allegations “completely untrue.” Nevertheless, fan support in her has shaken, which is unfortunate as Shuri is not only the character best suited to replace T’Challa (the late Chadwick Boseman) as the lead of the film series, but Wright’s performance in Black Panther made her one of the fan-favorites. Granted, just about everything regarding Marvel is divisive these days.
The actor’s representatives told THR that she is “looking forward to returning to work early 2022.” The production shutdown is expected to begin at the end of the month.