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“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” Star Letitia Wright Says Sequel Honors Chadwick Boseman

One of the most bittersweet intrigues in 2022’s film slate is how Black Panther: Wakanda Forever co-writer/director Ryan Coogler and his talented cast and crew handled the passing of Chadwick Boseman, the franchise’s star, in crafting the sequel without him. One person who certainly knows the answer to this question is Letitia Wright, Boseman’s co-star in the first Black Panther and one of the major returning figures in the sequel. Now, Variety has spoken with Wright about how the cast and crew dealt with Boseman’s absence from the sequel.

Lots of the speculation on how Coogler and the Marvel team would handle the loss of Black Panther himself have swirled around Wright, who was such a pivotal figure in the first film playing T’Challa (Boseman)’s brilliant sister Shuri. Would the mantel of Black Panther fall to Shuri? While we surely won’t know the answer to that question for some time, Wright was able to give Variety some insight into what the day-to-day filming was like without Boseman, and how they made sure to keep him front and center.

Wright has had some of her own struggles during the production of the sequel, including a shoulder injury and concussion she sustained during filming. Yet despite the many hurdles, with Boseman’s passing being by far the largest, she told Variety that Boseman’s legacy was honored every day. “We honored him by committing ourselves to the story that he started, the legacy that he started with this franchise,” Wright told Variety while at Cannes for her film The Silent Twins. Hear more below:

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is due in theaters on November 11.

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