One of the producers of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever remembers the initial injury Letitia Wright suffered during filming. The production of the Black Panther sequel was a tough one for the cast and crew following the sudden death of star Chadwick Boseman. However, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever became an instant hit at theaters and set the record for the highest-grossing female-led superhero film in U.S. box office history. Letitia Wright’s Shuri acted as the protagonist of the Marvel movie, but she also suffered a pretty serious injury during the shoot. Marvel Studios VP of Production & Development Nate Moore has elaborated on what he called the “terrifying” injury.
Nate Moore participated in a producer roundtable organized by The Hollywood Reporterwhere he was asked about one of the scariest moments to make Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. “Look, I mean, that’s no secret Panther was hard to get on screen, but the scariest moment was actually when Tish (Letitia Wright) got injured,” said Moore. was still in Atlanta. So I got a call from the ambulance in the middle of the night. And that’s terrifying because it’s not just about the movie at the time, now it’s about the person and a person I’ve known for years. And as a producer, you feel responsible for everyone in your crew, so you feel responsible for having her in that position in the first place.”
While getting the schedule back in order in the aftermath was the easy part, Wright’s physical and mental well-being was of most concern to Moore. “And picking up the pieces and figuring out the schedule was almost the easier part than figuring out how to get Tish’s head right and get her the help she needed, both physically and mentally, because that was a hugely traumatic thing for walk through her,” he continued. And to put her at ease about coming back and performing at the level she was performing at, you don’t know if you’ll come back from that, to be honest, but she did. I mean, she’s such a trooper and gave a fantastic performance when she was able to come back, but at one point there was nothing scarier than getting that phone call.
Letitia Wright’s injury halts production on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Marvel Studios temporarily suspended production Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, in the wake of star Letitia Wright’s starting injury. Production was paused due to the “seriousness” of Wright’s injury, which occurred in August 2021 while filming a stunt rig on location in Boston. Wright left for London shortly after the injury and the film revolved around her character Shuri, but the Atlanta production ended up filming as much as possible without Wright on set. Production reportedly shut down the week of Thanksgiving and resumed in early 2022.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever makes its Disney+ debut on February 1.
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