November 16, 2021
The all-star cast of Black Panther led by the late Chadwick Boseman is one of the top ten grossing films of all time for Disney. Fandemonium and box office receipts for Black Panther led Disney to greenlight a sequel immediately.
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“Letitia Wright sustained minor injuries while filming a stunt for ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in Boston. She is currently receiving care in a local hospital and is expected to be released soon,” a spokesperson for Marvel said in a statement.
The seemingly minor injury wasn’t expected to impact the film’s shooting schedule. Director Ryan Coogler and the rest of the production continued filming mostly in Atlanta since Wright’s accident. She has stayed in London while the shoot continued without her.
“Letitia has been recovering in London since September from injuries sustained on the set of ‘Black Panther 2’ and is looking forward to returning to work early 2022,” a statement from Wright’s reps reads. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is now set to release on Nov. 11, 2022, after its recent delay from July 8, 2022.
However, after Letitia Wright, posted a video from the YouTube channel “On the Table,” questioning the legitimacy of the COVID-19 vaccine, anti-vaxx rumors began. This led many to speculate about her vaccination status.
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As studios wrestle with handling COVID-19 vaccine resistance, the Biden administration is urging Hollywood to set an example.
“We’re only considering those who are vaccinated,” one prolific producer stated about COVID requirements for features they’re working on in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. Another producer, gearing up for studio production, concurs: “We will not engage with anyone who is not vaccinated.” Proof of vaccination is required on most sets for cast and crew.
Several high-profile stories leaked stars exiting projects they had been set to lead. Ice Cube recently departed Sony’s comedy “Oh Hell No” after declining a request from producers to get vaccinated, walking away from $9 million. According to the Hollywood Reporter, veteran “General Hospital” star Ingo Rademacher was let go after not complying with a vaccine mandate.
While Letitia Wright has not publicly announced her status, it is alleged that she remains unvaccinated, making the return to the U.S. difficult. On Nov. 8, the CDC implemented rules that require all non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the U.S. to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination before boarding a plane. Wright is not a U.S. citizen.
As the vaccination debate rages on, fans have called for the Small Axe star to be replaced. There’s even been some speculation that Shuri (Letitia Wright), T’Challa’s sister and rightful heir to the Black Panther suit will not ascend the throne. Instead, some believe that M’Baku, played by Winston Duke, will be the next Black Panther.
While the cast and plot have remained secret, the main cast members Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett, are expected to return for the sequel. In addition, the “I May Destroy You” creator and star Michaela Coel have also joined the cast in an unknown role.
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Out of respect for the late Chadwick Boseman’s legacy, the character T’Challa will not be recast.
Tell Us: Do you think Shuri should wear the Black Panther suit? Or should it be passed on to M’Baku?