Letitia Wright is allegedly still focusing on anti-vax rhetoric, according to a new report.
Despite playing Wakandan princess Shuri, the smartest person in the world, The Playlist reports from The Hollywood Reporter that Wright is spreading anti-vax discussion points on the Atlanta set of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. She has also departed from her U.S. publicity team after facing a severe backlash from the anti-vax positions she posted to social media in 2020, including sharing a video of a London-based pastor speaking against the vaccine.
The Hollywood Reporter states that Disney will start using a sticker system on its new productions starting mid-October, requiring visible proof of cast and crew's vaccination status. The new rule is part of the return-to-work agreement between Hollywood's unions and the AMPTP. Current productions, which include Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, are not covered.
The report states:
"From studio backlots to agency conference rooms, the vaccine debate is dividing Hollywood just as the delta variant keeps up its destructive path. While vaccine skeptics are far less likely to voice their opinions publicly, plenty of industry holdouts remain. A number of performers, from Rob Schneider (now shooting Netflix’s Home Team) to Letitia Wright (filming Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) have shared anti-vaccine positions on social media. In Wright’s case, a set source says she has espoused similar views about the COVID-19 vaccines on the Atlanta production. The British actress quietly parted ways with her entire U.S. team of representatives in the wake of a backlash over posting a controversial anti-vaccine video in December."
Outside of anti-vax rhetoric, Wright has spoken about working on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever without Chadwick Boseman, who died in 2020 from colon cancer. Her words about her feelings regarding Boseman's death have been more widely accepted and understood, as expected.
"We're just still mourning Chad, so it's not something I even want to think about," she said in an interview with Porter. "The thought of doing it without him is kinda strange." She also added that she is still "grieving at the moment and is "trying to find the light in the midst of it."
Wright has deleted her social media after her 2020 debacle, but her anti-vax stance hasn't yet hampered her acting career. Her upcoming film The Silent Twins, also starring Tamara Lawrence and based on the real story of the Gibbons twins, was been acquired by Focus Features in April.