Black Panther: Wakanda Forever could face potential production delays due to Letitia Wright’s reported vaccination status.
The sequel to Black Panther suffered a minor hiccup in August when lead star Letitia Wright was brought to the hospital over what was considered to be a minor injury. The injury was more difficult than expected and the production has been filming around Wright’s scenes as the British star recovers. However, production could move no further, and the Ryan Coogler-directed film was put on hiatus until early next year when Wright should hopefully recover.
This hiatus presents a problem due to the United States’ new laws surrounding foreign individuals and their vaccination status. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently installed a new law that all non-U.S. air travelers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the country. Wright, who is reportedly unvaccinated according to The Hollywood Reporter, a UK native, returned to London to rest up until filming would resume in Atlanta, Georgia.
Wright previously came under fire late last year when she tweeted out dubious claims about the COVID-19 vaccine. A report last month suggested that the star had been sharing anti-vaccine sentiments on the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever set, though the star denied those claims. Rumors have suggested that Letitia Wright will be the lead star of the Black Panther sequel after Chadwick Boseman’s tragic passing.
Here is the synopsis for the first Black Panther film:
After the death of his father, the king of Wakanda, young T’Challa returns home to the isolated high-tech African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king – and Black Panther – is tested when he’s drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, he must release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit theaters on July 8, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding Letitia Wright’s future in the MCU, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter