LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A sequel to Disney’s “Black Panther” has halted production for at least a month to allow star Letitia Wright to recover from her injury, Hollywood publications reported on Friday.
The Hollywood Reporter and Variety said Wright, who played Shuri in the predominantly black superhero movie, sustained an injury in August during a stunt and needed more time to recover. The nature of her injury was not disclosed but was initially described as minor.
A Disney spokesperson said production of “Black Panther: Wakanda” would stop in the week of November 22 and was expected to resume in early 2022.
The production halt is not expected to affect the release of the film, which is scheduled for release in November 2022.
Wright, 28, played the tech genius and younger sister of late director Chadwick Boseman T’Challa in Black Panther, one of the biggest films of 2018 with a global box office of $1.3 billion. Boseman was not recast after his unexpected death from cancer in 2020.
Wright is expected to play a larger role in the sequel although plot details have not been revealed.
The Hollywood Reporter said filming continued with other scenes and actors after Wright’s injury in August, but director Ryan Coogler filmed all the footage his crew could shoot without Wright.
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