By Stephen Ippolito | January 15th, 2022
After being shut down in November to allow one of its stars more time to heal from an injury, production for the highly anticipated film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is finally set to resume. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the sequel will restart filming next week in Atlanta with Letitia Wright. The actress who plays Shuri suffered a shoulder fracture and a concussion during shooting in August.
According to the outlet, production was actually supposed to resume this past Monday. However, after “several cast and crew,” including Wright, tested positive for COVID, it was pushed back.
There were also concerns that Wright’s vaccine status was also playing an issue in why filming was being delayed. Last year, the CDC implemented rules that required non-citizen air travelers coming to the U.S. to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination status before boarding a plane. With Wright rehabbing her injuries in London, this was thought to be a concern of getting her back to the States. However, The Hollywood Reporter now says that the issue has been “resolved.” Whether this means that Wright decided to get vaccinated is unknown.
Thankfully, the outlet said that none of these delays are expected to affect the movie’s November 11 release date. The film had already been pushed back twice so it’s good to see that there will not be a third, at least for now.
One other interesting note the outlet revealed in their post is that Winston Duke, who plays M’Baku, received a “hefty raise” for his return. It’s said he was given this because his role is being described as “expanded” in the sequel.