“Black Panther” star Letitia Wright got candid about how she was coping after her traumatic accident on the set of “Black Panther 2.” Filming for the sequel started in June 2020 and carried on till earlier this year due to Wright’s accident while filming a chase scene.
The actress had to be admitted to the hospital after the incident due to a shoulder fracture and other injuries, including a concussion. The incident occurred in August 2021, and while filming for non-Wright-related scenes carried on, production was eventually paused in November 2021. It resumed in January 2022.
Read on to learn more.
Letitia Wright Says She Is Still In Therapy
Wright was part of Variety‘s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” cover story and touched on when she was injured while filming the superhero movie. The actress was injured after an incident with a motorcycle that occurred in late August last year and landed her in the hospital.
Wright revealed that she is still working through her feelings concerning the incident and is currently in therapy. “I’m still processing it,” the actress said. “I’m still working through it in therapy. It was really traumatic.”
Despite the severity of the injuries, Wright revealed that she was only interested in finishing the sequel to paying her respects to her late co-star, Chadwick Boseman. “I just remember wanting to finish my film, man,” the actress said. “I think that was one of the first things I said to Ryan. And he was like, ‘Tish; you need to recover.'”
‘Black Panther’ Director, Ryan Coogler, Wasn’t Present During The Accident
Wright’s accident occurred in Boston on the “Wakanda Forever” set. At the time, the actress was with the second unit crew of the production while movie producer Nate Moore and director Ryan Coolger were on the Atlanta main set. During the Variety interview, the director revealed that he was devastated after getting a phone call about the incident.
“It was about how you can imagine,” Cooger said. “I mean, I love these actors. That’s me and Chad’s little sister. Imagine getting that call that your little sister’s hurt. It’s the fucking worst thing in the world.”
Wright was soon joined by Coogler and the president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, at the Boston hospital. The president revealed that an accident like that was horrifying enough, coupled with how emotionally strained the cast was. “It was horrifying on any production happening to anybody,” Feige revealed. “It was particularly harsh on this production that was already, uh….emotionally strained.”
‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Was Paused In November 2021
After the death of Boseman, the original Marvel “Black Panther,” the film’s entire plot needed to be rebuilt. After Wright’s accident, she moved from Boston to London in order to recover, and productions came to a momentary halt. Progress on the film was stopped in November 2021 for the actress to heal properly.
“Black Panther 2” officially started filming again in January 2022; however, Wright revealed she struggled with post-concussion syndrome when she got back on set. She also talked about the superb medical care she received and how people on set were extremely understanding.
“I had great, great, great medical support, great patience on set,” the actress said. “I’m just extremely proud of myself. I’m extremely proud of Ryan, of the team, for just the resilience — overcoming adversities every step of the way. When I finished filming, I cried like a little baby.”
Letitia Wright Suffered Terrible Injuries On Set Of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’
Wright’s accident on the Boston set sent her to the hospital with a concussion as well as a fractured shoulder and other injuries. The actress was filming a chase sequence that put her on a “biscuit rig.” The cameras followed Wright while she rode a motorcycle in an actual environment.
The film’s producer, Moore, revealed that the biscuit rig “clipped a median and sheared the bike off, and it tumbled,” all while the actress was still on it. After the incident, Feige released a newsletter to the cast and crew of the sequel revealing the severity of the injuries and holding off production till early 2022.
According to Deadline, a part of the letter read, “It has been a painful process, and Letitia has been home recovering with her doctors and the support of family.” Wright also sent a video message to the crew, thanking them for their support. Disney’s “Wakanda Forever” will be released in theaters nationwide on November 11.