Letitia Wright's vaccination status could take a toll on the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever filming schedule.
The AV Club reports from The Hollywood Reporter that the CDC's new guidelines released Monday demand that "non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers must show proof of full vaccination to fly into the United States." Currently, Wright, who is recovering from an injury sustained on set, is recuperating in London and, as The Hollywood Reporter states, isn't vaccinated.
Wright's personal and religious reticence regarding vaccination hadn't been an issue with filming thus far, but Wright's injury has complicated the situation, since it has caused Wright to leave Atlanta, where filming was taking place.
The new guidelines will now pose a problem for Disney and Marvel, who must now figure out how to rearrange filming to accommodate Wright, who could have to remain in London to abide by the new guidelines.
However, there is some time for Disney to figure out what to do. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be shut down until the early part of 2022, meaning anything could happen regarding CDC regulations, a possible special exemption for Wright, or an arrangement for Wright to film in London. Despite the time, the company and Wright will have to come to an agreement about what to do, especially since Hollywood is becoming stricter about vaccination protocols.
Wright has been in the news regarding her vaccination fears recently, with a source alleging to The Hollywood Reporter that Wright was spreading vaccine misinformation on set.
The actress responded on Instagram, writing, “It saddens me to have to address the reports published by The Hollywood Reporter on October 6th 2021. The report spoke about my conduct on the set of Black Panther 2. I honestly assert that this was completely untrue. Anyone who knows me or has worked with me, knows that I work incredibly hard at my craft & my main focus is always to do work that is impactful and inspiring. That has been & will continue to be my only focus.”