Letitia Wright Injury Forces Black Panther: Wakanda Forever To Shut Down Filming
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Marvel has been forced to shut down production on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever after an injury to star Letitia Wright, according to reports.
A source close to the hotly-anticipated sequel told The Hollywood Reporter that the whole film has had to go on hiatus because of the severity of the injury.
Wright sustained her injury in late August whilst filming a sequence on a stunt rig in Boston.
Around that time, Marvel Studios said the injury would not affect the overall shooting schedule of the film, although these reports would suggest that has changed.
Following the injury, Wright went to London, where she has been ever since, and the film managed to continue for a bit shooting around her character, Shuri.
Shuri - the sister of the titular Black Panther T'Challa - is a favourite with the fans and proved one of the most popular characters in the first film back in 2018.
That film was a runaway success, grossing $1.3 billion (£960m) worldwide and even taking home three Academy Awards.
With that in mind, hopes are high for the sequel, even without the original star Chadwick Boseman, who sadly died from cancer in August 2020.
After Boseman's tragic passing, Shuri will reportedly be the main character in the sequel.
Filming for Wakanda Forever had been taking place in Atlanta for the past two months, and now director Ryan Coogler and the team seem to have filmed as much as they possibly could without Wright.
That means that the production has now ground to a halt.
Sources close to the production claim that the shutdown will begin the week of Thanksgiving in the USA, and end - all things being well - in early 2022.
In a statement, Letitia Wright's representatives said: "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.
"Letitia kindly asks that you keep her in your prayers."
The film has already had a good few setbacks, and the release date was pushed back in October, with the film now scheduled for release on 11 November 2022, rather than the original plan for release, which would have taken place on 8 July 2022.
So far, there's been no word on whether that release date will be affected by this shutdown, and the idea is that the film will still be ready by then.
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