GUYANA-BORN actress Letitia Wright will play the character of Shuri in the upcoming Black Panther movie, it has been confirmed.
Letitia’s casting was never officially announced, but Identity Agency Group (IAG) said she had landed what her reps said at the time was “a major role” in the highly anticipated “Black Panther” feature film, directed by Ryan Coogler.
However, following last night’s Disney CinemaCon panel (taking place in Las Vegas), the full main cast list for Black Panther was revealed, confirming that Letitia will play Shuri.
Shuri, according to Shadow And Act, is the younger sister of T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), who would become a Wakandan queen.
The Marvel wiki page says she is the ruler of Wakanda, Black Panther’s home country – the fictional African nation known to be one of the most technologically advanced civilisations on Earth.
Letitia, who moved to the UK at 7, joins a stellar cast that includes Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther himself; Michael B. Jordan, who will play Erik Killmonger (Black Panther’s nemesis), Lupita Nyong’o taking the role of Nakia and Danai Gurira as Okoye.
Forest Whitaker has signed up to play Zuri, an elder Wakandan statesman, while fellow Brit, Daniel Kaluuya will play W’Kabi, a T’Challa confidant.
Filming is underway with a February 2018 release date scheduled.
Ryan Coogler is directing from a script he’s co-writing with Joe Robert Cole.