Letitia Wright shares how she still could feel the presence of the late Chadwick Boseman on the sets of Black Panther 2. The absence of Chadwick Boseman also counts as one of the reasons why this movie is going to be a different experience in the MCU. It’s a nation in mourning. A nation standing strong in unison against all the threats while suffering the loss of its ruler. The whole cast shared their experience at the D23 Expo about how Boseman’s absence emotionally affected them.
Letitia Wright who plays the tech genius sister of T’Challa, Shuri opened up about her thoughts on Boseman at the D23 Expo. An exclusive new clip from the movie has also been shown at the event.
Letitia Wright felt Chadwick Boseman’s encouraging presence
Chadwick Boseman who led the 2018 Ryan Coogler directorial as the ruler of Wakanda was also set to reprise his role in the future of the MCU. Unfortunately, the actor passed away due to colon cancer ending his MCU journey with the What If…? series. As the cast of its sequel made an appearance at the D23 Expo, they recalled how different it felt for them to work without Boseman.
Letitia Wright while speaking to PEOPLE, shared an emotional note about how sometimes she felt like a failure. At times like these, she could feel an encouraging aura of the late actor around her telling her to keep fighting:
“I will always have moments on set of doubt, and I’ll be like, ‘Oh man, I don’t know if I can do this.’ I could just hear [Boseman] be like, ‘Sister, you’re great. You got this. I’m proud of you.’ That really just kept me moving forward.”
After Chadwick Boseman passed away, Marvel Studios announced that they are not going to recast the character of T’Challa but pass the mantle of Black Panther to somebody else. Reportedly Letitia Wright’s Shuri is the latest and most probable contender for the title.
It was a different experience without Chadwick Boseman
Following Letitia Wright, the M’Baku actor Winston Duke also expressed how the set felt totally different without Chadwick Boseman. The actor confessed that the circumstance was distinguishable with and without Boseman:
“You don’t realize that this movie wasn’t as playful in between takes as the first one. When Chadwick was around we were rapping and laughing. It just wasn’t the same dynamic. That’s one thing we can tell you: It wasn’t the same dynamic. But it couldn’t be, because it’s not the same circumstance.”
The last movie in the slate of Phase 4 is also going to introduce the underwater kingdom of Namor and its residents. This marks the addition of actors like Tenoch Huerta to the existing cast. Winston Duke continued that despite having so much fun with all the people around whom you trust and love, the feeling of tragedy still hit hard at times:
“The joy was at times very easy to find because you’re also with people who are full of joy. And it just happens that we’re dealing with a tragedy. We’re dealing with immense loss of a person that we really loved and we knew as a person.”
It can’t be denied that the absence of Chadwick Boseman still feels like an incredibly painful loss for all of us. But now we can only hope for him to rest in peace.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to hit theaters on November 11, 2022.