Black Panther: Wakanda Forever officially begins production hiatus; details of Letitia Wright’s on-set injury revealed

By Stephen Ippolito | November 19th, 2021

Two weeks ago, it was revealed that filming for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever would go into hiatus the week of Thanksgiving. The shutdown was being done to allow one of its stars, Letitia Wright, more time to heal from an injury she suffered on-set in August.

Well it looks like the pause has started a little early because today Deadline was first to report that filming for the Black Panther sequel officially entered a hiatus.

In a statement sent out to the cast and crew, Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, and Nate Moore said that filming is still on track to resume sometime in January 2022. They also revealed that Wright’s injury was more severe than thought and that she suffered a “fractured shoulder and concussion”.

According to Deadline, Wright herself also sent out a video message to the cast and crew thanking them for their support.

In November 2020, it was reported that Wright’s character Shuri would have a more prominent role in the film due to the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman. Many fans have taken this to mean that she will be the one that takes over the Black Panther mantle.

Despite the pause in filming, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is still slated to be released in theaters on November 11, 2022.

Read Feige, Esposito, Moore’s statement below:

As we wind down for the holidays, we wanted to send a note of thanks and appreciation for the hard work of our entire cast and crew, as well as an update on timing. First and foremost, this project is exceptional and something we know audiences are eager to see. We could not be any more excited to complete this film and share it with the world next year. Thank you for everything you’ve done to get us to this place.

Unfortunately, we’ve not gotten here without a few setbacks. Running a production of this scale in the midst of a pandemic is not an easy task, and you have remained diligent and professional throughout. In addition, as you are all aware, 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! We also want to thank Letitia for everything she’s doing to get back to the set – we know how much she loves this role, how tough it’s been for her to be away, and how hard she’s working to recover as quickly as she safely can. We are eagerly awaiting her return and we know we will all come back stronger together.

Please be on the lookout for more information on your specific return-to-work date. As of now, we’re on schedule to resume filming – with Letitia – in January 2022. We are all focused on finishing the movie with excellence, honoring the memory of our dear brother Chadwick in the process. We are thrilled to share Black Panther: Wakanda Forever with the world, confident that the challenges that we have overcome together as a team will make the film even more impactful. Please take care of yourselves and enjoy the holidays.

-Kevin, Louis & Nate

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