Filming for Black Panther 2 restarts after months-long break and Winston Duke receives 'raise'


Filming for Black Panther 2 restarts after months-long break following injury to star Letitia Wright and Winston Duke receives ‘hefty raise’


Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever began filming again months after an injury to star Letitia Wright slowed down production.

The actress, 28, plays Shuri in the film series and was injured back in August 2021. The Black Panther 2 team filmed as much as they could without the star but had to shutdown in late November of last year.

Her agent told The Hollywood Reporter that she always planned on returning to the production even though COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory for all people on-set. 

Filming again: Marvel's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever began filming again months after an injury to star Letitia Wright slowed down production

Filming again: Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever began filming again months after an injury to star Letitia Wright slowed down production

Wright previously made statements that many perceived to be against vaccination from the virus that has killed more than 5.5 million people. 

The Black Mirror actress shared a link to a YouTube video last December which questioned whether people should get vaccinated. 

She wrote on Twitter, ‘If you don’t conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself….you get cancelled.’  

Shut down: The actress, 28, plays Shuri in the film series and was injured back in August 2021. The Black Panther 2 team filmed as much as they could without the star

Shut down: The actress, 28, plays Shuri in the film series and was injured back in August 2021. The Black Panther 2 team filmed as much as they could without the star

Some question about her involvement: Her agent told The Hollywood Reporter that she always planned on returning to the production though COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory

Some question about her involvement: Her agent told The Hollywood Reporter that she always planned on returning to the production though COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory

After some backlash from fans regarding her tweet, she responded ‘You have every right to ask questions about what goes into your body and ask questions until you feel you are ready.’ 

Wright did make it clear that it was ‘not my intention to make anyone upset [prayer hands emoji] Nor am I saying don’t take it. I’m just concerned about what’s in it that’s all. Isn’t that fair to question or ask?’ 

Despite the slow down in production, it hasn’t been bad news for the entire cast.  

Getting paid: Winston Duke, 35, will receive a 'hefty raise' according to the same THR article

Getting paid: Winston Duke, 35, will receive a ‘hefty raise’ according to the same THR article

Untimely death: Duke's role may be expanded compared to the original plan for the movie because of Chadwick Boseman's untimely death caused by colon cancer (pictured 2018)

Untimely death: Duke’s role may be expanded compared to the original plan for the movie because of Chadwick Boseman’s untimely death caused by colon cancer (pictured 2018)

Winston Duke, who played M’Baku in the first Black Panther movie and Avengers: Endgame, reportedly received a pay raise for his expanded role in the new film.  

The Us star, 35, will receive a ‘hefty raise’ according to the same THR article. Duke’s role may be expanded compared to the original plan for the movie because of Chadwick Boseman’s untimely death caused by colon cancer. 

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for released November 11 of this year.   

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