Letitia Wright: The cast of Black Panther brought the love of Chadwick Boseman to the film

Actress Letitia Wright has said that the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever took all of their love for the late Chadwick Boseman and channeled it into the upcoming film.

Oseman, who played the lead role of King T’Challa in the first installment of the seminal Marvel blockbuster, died in 2020 at the age of 43 after a private four-year battle with colon cancer.

Bafta Rising Star winner Wright, who is reprising her role as Shuri, told Elle UK magazine that she hopes the sequel will “help all the people that people have lost”.

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Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright and Danai Gurira star on the cover of Elle UK’s November issue. (Elle UK/PA)

Speaking about how they honored the memory of Boseman on set, she said, “In the moments when we’re having joy, I just feel him sit back and laugh with God, like, ‘Wow, look at my sisters on’.

“We put all the love we had for him into the film.”

She added: “You wish you’d held him longer but he’s not here. So all you have to do is piece together the memories and what he left behind.

“Make it beautiful and give it back to the world. I pray that this film will help all those people who have lost people.”

Directed by Ryan Coogler, the leaders of Wakanda will fight to protect their nation after the death of King T’Challa.

Boseman’s role as King T’Challa was not recast or digitally recreated for the second film.

Also returning for the sequel are Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K Ross, and Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda.

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Nyong’o admitted to Elle UK that she was “dreaded” to discuss the new direction of the sequel following Boseman’s death, but said Coogler’s idea gave her a “breath of relief.”

“He offered a raft out of a deep sea of ​​sorrow,” she added.

The actress also reflected on the importance of having a diverse cast of black actresses in the film.

“We can see that they are fully human. It’s something we, as black women on screen, often can’t afford,” she said.

“And there are so many female characters. All too often there are a token or two in these movies. Here you see a community.”

Wright, Nyong’o and Gurira star on the cover of Elle’s November UK issue.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits UK cinemas on November 11.

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