Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is shutting down production the week of Thanksgiving and resuming in early 2022, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation.
Production is shutting down as star Letitia Wright is still recovering from injuries she sustained two months ago while performing a stunt at an on-location shoot in Boston.
Wright plays Shuri, the sister of King T’Challa, who provides the Black Panther and his allies with state-of-the-art Wakandan technology. At the time of Wright’s injury, the studio said the injury wouldn’t impact the production schedule.
Wright will return along with fellow “Black Panther” stars Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba and Angela Bassett. The death of Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa in four Marvel films, including “Black Panther,” will be addressed as Marvel has decided to not recast his character.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news, “Wright left for London, where the star has been since, while the production shot around her character of Shuri, the sister of Black Panther T’Challa.”
“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 representative for Wright said a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Letitia kindly asks that you keep her in your prayers.”
The release date stays the same, as “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is still set for release on Nov. 11, 2022.