AceShowbiz - "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" is ready to resume production with Letitia Wright returning. Filming on the superhero sequel is expected to be back on track in Atlanta next week after several major setbacks.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, filming on the Ryan Coogler-directed movie will last for four weeks. Production was reportedly initially scheduled to have restarted last Monday, January 10, but was postponed again because several cast and crew members, including Lupita Nyong'o, tested positive for COVID-19.
Other sources, meanwhile, say that Winston Duke, who plays M'Baku, will get a hefty raise for his return in the upcoming movie. This is said to be part of the deal for his expanded role in the "Panther" mythos, but it's unclear what the expansion will look like.
Insiders additionally tell the site that the filming restart is not expected to impact the movie's release date, which is currently set for November 11. It was previously slated to arrive on July 8, before being pushed back several months to its current date.
Letitia took a break from filming the "Black Panther" sequel after she got injured on the set in Boston back in August 2021. She reportedly suffered minor injuries on a stunt rig incident and was soon discharged from the hospital, but wasn't able to return to the set two months later.
As the result, production on the movie was temporarily shut down as Coogler has reportedly shot all scenes that his crew is able without Wright. Marvel honchos explained at the time that the injuries were worse than initially thought. "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," said Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige, Louis D'Esposito and Nate Moore in a statement.
With Wright's anti-COVID vaccination stance, many suspected that the actress, who is a British citizen, caused the delay because she wasn't able to return to the U.S. after spending time in London during her recovery. On November 8, the CDC implemented rules that require all non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the U.S. be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination status before boarding a plane.
Neither Disney or Wright's team has commented on her vaccination status, but her agent tells THR, "She always intended to return but just needed to wait until she had fully recovered."