‘You’re My Brother’: Letitia Wright Details Her First Meeting With Chadwick Boseman And How She Got The Role Of Shuri In Black Panther

Letitia Wright Wasn’t A Black Panther When The Franchise Launched, But With The Release Of The Highly Anticipated Marvel Movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the 29-year-old actress has finally become a protector of Wakanda. Wright, who starred in Humans, black mirrorand Steven Spielberg’s film Loan player oneplays the smart, self-taught younger sister of King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in Black Panther.

Letitia Wright
Letitia Wright

In 2020, everyone was shocked to learn that Chadwick Boseman had passed away from colon cancer. What made it even more devastating was that the actor had been silently battling the disease for several years, with hardly anyone knowing that his health was deteriorating.

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Letitia Wright talks about her first meeting with Chadwick Boseman

In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Letitia Wright recalled her first meeting with the late actor Chadwick Boseman. It was back at the audition for Black PantherWright was shooting for the movie, humans when she received a call and had to travel to Los Angeles for a test screen for the film. Here the humans the actress met director Ryan Coogler and the late actor Chadwick Boseman. Wright recalled,

“I went to Los Angeles to meet Sir Ryan Cooglar and Chadwick Boseman. I looked over at Chad and said you’re my brother, you’re here for life mate, then I did a screen test, and uh, here I am.

Letitia Wright and Chadwick Boseman
Letitia Wright and Chadwick Boseman

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On August 28, the Marvel Cinematic Universe actor passed away. His family revealed that he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. Everyone was surprised by this news. As soon as the information emerged, Wright took to social media to express how saddened she was by his death. “It hurts. Really hurts,” She tweeted first, followed by a long message.

How did Letitia Wright get the role of Shuri in Black Panther?

Nothing will be the same for Letitia Wright after Black Panther. The 25-year-old actress has become the go-to face of comic book character Shuri since the film’s massive triumph in 2018. Wright had a good feeling about her chances of landing the character of the fierce, super-smart kid she performs brilliantly in the MCU after auditioning for it.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Letitia Wright opened up about her life-changing experience. She expressed her optimism in landing the role from her agent, Femi Oguns, who built her institution, the London Identity School of Acting, with the aim of cultivating diverse talents. Oguns also represents other emerging artists, such as John Boyega of star wars and Cynthia Erivo of Bad weather at the El Royale. The actress has most likely auditioned among many other young wannabes who want to be in the MCU or just get a huge break.

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When Letitia Wright agreed to play Shuri in Black Panther, it was only the beginning of the adventure of the character on the big screen. She reprized her role in the 2018s Avengers: Infinity War2019 Avengers: Endgameand Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which will be directed by Ryan Coogler and is currently playing in theaters.

Source: BBC Radio 1

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