Disney is shutting down production on “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” for a temporary amount of time. Deadline has confirmed.
The news comes after star Letitia Wright was taken to hospital in August with minor injuries after she hurt herself while filming a stunt in Boston. At the time, her injury was not expected to impact the film’s shooting schedule.
Wright, 28, has been recovering in London since the news of her hospitalization. The outlet adds that production will pause starting the week of Thanksgiving and restart early next year.
Director Ryan Coogler and the rest of the production has been filming mostly in Atlanta without her.
A representative for Wright told the outlet: “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.”
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is set to release on November 11, 2022. However, the film was previously dated for July 8, 2022 but Disney put Thor: Love and Thunder on that date with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness kicking off next summer on May 6.
Its also reported that the new release date is expected to remain, despite the temporary shutdown.
Wright, who was born in Guyana before moving to London when she was young, played the sister of the late Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa in Black Panther and she is reprising her role as T’Challa’s little sister, Shuri, and the sequel picks up after the events of the 2018 original. Marvel is remaining tight-lipped about the plot of Wakanda Forever, but it will continue the story of the Wakandan royal family after T’Challa actor Chadwick Boseman died last year at age 43 after a private battle with colon cancer .
Following the star’s death, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced in December that the sequel would not recast Boseman’s T’Challa character.
“Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives,” Feige said at the time. “His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends any iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past.”
Other “Black Panther” cast members, such as Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, Florence Kasumba and Angela Bassett, are expected to return for the sequel to the best picture nominee and three-time Oscar winner.
Michaela Coel is also set to join the cast in an unknown role. Dominique Thorne has also joined the cast as inventor Riri Williams, and she’ll later star in her own Disney+ show, Ironheart.