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Letitia Wright of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, injured - filming halted

Production for the upcoming sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is on hiatus as the actress Letitia Wright sustained an injury while filming, as confirmed by USA TODAY.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the 28 year-old actress suffered an injury back in August while shooting a scene involving a stunt in Boston. Attributed to the seriousness of the injury, she was hospitalized and has now remained in London for recovery. The Hollywood Reporter said that director Ryan Coogler and the rest of the crew continued filming with the other casts scenes at Marvel’s home base in Atlanta and “have shot all footage that his crew is able to without Wright.”

The suspension of production for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" will begin in the week of Thanksgiving and aims to return in early 2022, according to a spokesman for Disney. "Wakanda Forever" is the first "Black Panther" film since the passing of 43 year-old actor Chadwick Boseman in August 2020, who played the title role. Winston Duke, who played the character of M'baku, told USA TODAY that filming the sequel without Boseman was "really hard for me to talk about because it's also incredibly fresh. I miss my friend. And at the end of the day, the public has lost someone to look up to and someone to see themselves through." Wright stars as Shuri, the genius younger sister of Black Panther T’Challa played by Boseman. Her character appeared in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, but Wakanda Forever will be her first role after Boseman's unfortunate demise. On that premise, notions of Shuri bearing the Black Panther have risen; similar to her comic book counterpart. Representatives said that the production break will not have any impact on the release of the movie which is scheduled to be released in November of 2022. "Wakanda Forever," will have recurring stars of including Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, Daniel Kaluuya, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba and Angela Bassett.

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