‘I cried like a baby’: Letitia Wright opens up about ‘traumatic’ injury on set and finishing filming of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’
As Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s release date nears, the cast has been conducting various promotional interviews in preparation for the anticipated film. One of the most recent interviews was with Letitia Wright for Variety Magazine.
Wright, who portrays Shuri, King T’Challa’s younger sister, spoke about a very traumatic event on set that not only prevented her from continuing to film but also delayed filming by two months.
Variety explained Wright’s accident by saying she “shot a chase scene that placed her on a ‘cookie rig,’ which allowed the camera to film her riding a motorcycle in a real-world environment. According to the film’s producer, Nate Moore, the rig with Wright on it ‘cut a median and the bike sheared off and it fell.’
Apparently, Wright’s accident was so severe that she needed therapy to fully process what had happened.
Although the accident happened a year ago, Wright told Variety she still hasn’t come to terms with the seriousness of the situation.
“I’m still processing it, I’m still working it through in therapy. It was really traumatic.”
The accident happened in Boston while director Ryan Coogler was in Atlanta on the main set of Wakanda Forever.
Coogler expressed concern after learning of Wright’s predicament.
“I love these actors,” he said, “that’s me and Chad’s little sister. Imagine you get a call that your sister is hurt. It’s the worst thing in the world.”
Despite suffering a severe concussion, Wright wanted to return to filming as soon as possible to give her all on the film honoring co-star and late actor Chadwick Boseman, who died of colon cancer in 2020 on camera.
“It just occurred to me, man, I wanted to finish my movie,” Wright recalled.
When she received word that she could proceed with filming, Wright made sure to put her blood, sweat and tears into the rest of filming. She even had a breakdown when Wakanda Forever was finished.
“I’m just extremely proud of myself. I’m proud of Ryan, of the team, for the sheer resilience – overcoming adversity at every turn. When I finished filming, I cried like a baby.”
Black Panther Wakanda Forever is available everywhere on November 11th.
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