British actress Letitia Wright has landed what her reps (IAG – Identity Agency Group) say is “a major role” in the highly anticipated upcoming “Black Panther” feature film, to be directed by Ryan Coogler.
The announcement by IAG came with a photo of Wright along with the below image of a character from the Black Panther universe, although not named. A Google search of the image says that it’s an illustration of Shuri, the younger sister of T’Challa/Black Panther, and most recently, a queen. As such, according to the Marvel wiki, she is the ruler of Wakanda, Black Panther’s home country – the fictional African nation known to be one of the most technologically advanced civilizations on Earth.
Of course, this hasn’t been confirmed, so she could be playing someone else entirely. But the fact that her reps are calling it a “major role” suggests that Shuri may not be off. But I’ll leave it to you Black Panther universe experts to enlighten the rest of us on who else she might be playing.
Ms. Wright joins a stellar cast that includes Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther himself; Michael B. Jordan, who will play Erik Killmonger (Black Panther’s nemesis, so it looks like he might be the film’s main villain); Lupita Nyong’o, taking the role of Nakia; Danai Gurira as Okoye. Both Nakia and Okoye are of the Wakandan Dora Milaje, the “Adored Ones” and personal bodyguards of the Black Panther, recruited from every tribe of Wakanda; Forest Whitaker has signed up to play Zuri, an elder Wakandan statesman; Florence Kasumba will reprise her “Captain America: Civil War” role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje; and Daniel Kaluuya will play W’Kabi, a T’Challa confidant.
Ryan Coogler is directing from a script he’s co-writing with Joe Robert Cole.
Coogler previously shared that filming will begin in early 2017.
Letitia Wright’s previous work includes the lead in Michael Caton Jones feature film “Urban Hymn,” which premiered in the UK earlier this month. Her TV credits include the Channel 4 series “Cucumber,” and sister series “Banana” for E4.
Later this year, Wright will star as a series regular in season 2 of “Humans” for Channel 4, and will also appear in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming feature, “Ready Player One,” which will begin filming later this year.
Below is the image that her reps at IAG shared with the announcement of her casting in “Black Panther,” which is set for release in early 2018.