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Letitia Wright suffers “severe” injuries after ‘Black Panther 2’ set accident

The actor reportedly suffered a "critical shoulder fracture" and a "concussion with severe side effects"

By Hollie Geraghty

Letitia Wright as Shuri in Marvel points weapons
Letitia Wright in Black Panther (Photo: Marvel).

Letitia Wright’s injuries sustained after an accident on the set of ‘Black Panther 2’ were more serious than first reported, it has been revealed.

Earlier this month it was reported that filming for the sequel to the 2018 Marvel film would go on hiatus until early 2022 after Wright, who plays Shuri, sustained an injury while shooting a sequence involving a stunt rig.

Now, in a new letter signed by Marvel executives Kevin Feige, Nate Moore and Louis D’Esposito and sent to cast and crew last week (November 19), the extent of Wright’s injuries were revealed.

In the note obtained by Deadline, the executives wrote: “Letitia had a frightening accident on our set during a stunt back in August. It was a reminder of the importance of safety at all times in our work, which we know you understand and are committed to. 

“What we had initially thought were minor injuries turned out to be much more serious with Letitia suffering a critical shoulder fracture, and a concussion with severe side effects. It has been a painful process and Letitia has been home recovering with her doctors and the support of family.

“We’ve adjusted our production schedule so she has the time she needs to heal, but there’s only so much we can do without Shuri!” it continued.

They also confirmed that filming was on schedule to resume in January 2022, and that they were committed to “honoring the memory of our dear brother Chadwick [Boseman]” in the process.

In a separate statement, a representative for Wright told The Hollywood Reporter: “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.”

There was also uncertainty last week about whether the actor’s vaccination status would disrupt the resuming of filming.

Since the 28-year-old returned to the UK, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) implemented rules that require all non-immigrant, non-citizen air travellers to the US to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination before boarding a flight.

Sources have told the Hollywood Reporter that Wright is not vaccinated against COVID-19.

Rolling Stone UK has approached Wright’s representative for comment.

The ‘Black Mirror’ actor came under fire last year when she shared an anti-vaccine video on social media that questioned the safety of the then newly approved Pfizer vaccine.

In response to the backlash, Wright said: “My intention was not to hurt anyone, my ONLY intention of posting the video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies…Nothing else.”