Black Panther 2: ‘Wakanda Forever’ to halt production.
According to USA TODAY, work on “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the anticipated sequel to Marvel’s 2018 smash “Black Panther,” has been temporarily delayed after actor Letitia Wright sustained an accident on site earlier this year.
The news was initially reported by The Hollywood Reporter on Friday.
Wright was hospitalized in August, a Marvel representative told the Associated Press, after sustaining minor injuries while filming a stunt for the “Black Panther” sequel. After beginning shooting in Atlanta in late June, the film was filming in Boston at the time.
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The incident involving Wright occurred during shooting a stunt, according to a spokeswoman for the Associated Press at the time, and Wright was scheduled to be discharged from the hospital soon.
Wright, 28, has been resting in London since the news of her illness broke, according to THR and Entertainment Tonight, as the production filmed around her character, the teenage Wakandan tech genius Shuri. Production will be paused beginning the week of Thanksgiving and will resume early next year, according to the reports.
“Wakanda Forever” is the first “Black Panther” film since Chadwick Boseman, who played the titular character, died in August 2020 at the age of 43 following a secret struggle with colon cancer.
In December, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said that Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa role will not be replaced in the sequel.
Many of the performers from Ryan Coogler’s Oscar-nominated “Black Panther” will return in “Wakanda Forever,” including Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett.
In July, Duke told USA TODAY that filming was going well “”It’s extremely hard for me to talk about Wakanda Forever” without Boseman since “it’s also incredibly new.” I’m missing my pal. Finally, the public has lost someone to look up to and in whom they may perceive themselves.”
However, Duke stated that the returning actors and filmmaker are working on “something truly lovely and unique.”