Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Letitia Wright said the upcoming sequel will pay tribute to the star of the first film, the late actor Chadwick Boseman, by sticking to the script.
“We honored him by being committed to this story that he started, to the legacy that he started with this franchise,” the 28-year-old actress said at Kering’s Women in Motion event at the film festival on Sunday of Cannes to Variety. “We just made a commitment every day to work hard no matter what the circumstances we faced. And we faced many circumstances!”
Boseman, who died unexpectedly in August 2020 at the age of 43 after a battle with colon cancer, portrayed the hero T’Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“It’s an incredible honor for Chadwick Boseman – it’s packed with exciting stuff,” said the British starlet, adding that the cast and crew of the sequel “faced a lot of difficult situations, but we came together as a team and we gave it our all.” this film, so I look forward to you seeing it.”
Those “situations” could include reports that surfaced in October 2021 when the ‘Death on the Nile’ star allegedly represented anti-vaccinationists on the set of ‘Black Panther 2’ amid the coronavirus pandemic. After sharing her views, she parted ways with her US officials.
While Wright didn’t address her current vaccination stance, she said she generally stands by her beliefs when asked if she’s learned anything as the pandemic has unfolded.
“I’ve learned that in life you just have to move on with what you believe in, in terms of your talent, in terms of your desire to impact the world with your art, and that’s what I’m doing and I’m so proud of me and the movie that’s coming out this year,” said the MCU superhero. “I’m so proud of it.”
Production on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was also temporarily halted last fall while Wright was recovering from an on-set injury. She was hospitalized last August after a stunt went wrong on set in Boston and she sustained minor injuries.
Black Panther 2 had an original release date of July 8th and has now been pushed back to November 11th.