The sequel to the Marvel superhero film ‘Black Panther’ is shutting down production for at least a month to allow star Letitia Wright to recover from an injury, Hollywood publications reported on Friday. Wright, who played Shuri in the predominantly Black superhero movie, suffered an injury in August during a stunt and needs more time to heal, the Hollywood Reporter and Variety said. The nature of her injury has not been revealed but was initially described as minor.
In late August while filming in Boston, Wright got hurt shooting a sequence involving a stunt rig. At the time, Marvel Studios said this injury wouldn’t impact production, but well, here we are. while the production continued to shoot around her character’s absence in the last two months as much as they possibly could. With the hiatus, which will begin on Thanksgiving week and is expected to last through the rest of the year, the plan is to reconfigure the shoot and come back in early 2022.
After getting discharged from the hospital, Wright left for London, where she has been ever since. But, the filming continued in Atlanta where the primary shooting of the film had taken place for the last two months. Writer-director, Ryan Coogler, is said to have shot all the footage possible without Wright, till now. And now they are forced to put the filming on hold.
The film was originally set to release on November 11, 2022 after its delay from July 8, 2022. It is uncertain whether or not this pause in production will push the release date further back. Production is expected to start again in early 2022.