Letitia Wright said as part Varieties The “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” cover story about her still in therapy and processing the “traumatic” accident she suffered on the set of the $250 million Marvel blockbuster. The actress was injured in late August 2021 after a motorcycle accident sent her to the hospital with a broken shoulder and a concussion, among other injuries.
The accident happened on the set of “Wakanda Forever” in Boston. Wright filmed a chase sequence that placed her on a “biscuit”, allowing her to film it while riding a motorbike in a real-life setting. According to the film’s producer Nate Moore, the device “cut the center and clipped the wheel and went down” with Wright on it.
“I’m still processing it,” Wright said Variety about the accident. “I’m still dealing with it in therapy.” It was really traumatic.”
Wright was on set in Boston with the film’s second crew, which meant that neither Moore nor director Ryan Coogler were present when the accident occurred. Both men were back in Atlanta on principal photography for “Wakanda Forever.” Coogler had to be informed of Wright’s accident via phone call.
“It was about as far as you can imagine,” Cooger said when he got the call. “I mean, I love these actors. It’s me and Chad’s little sister. Imagine you call that your little sister is hurt. It’s the worst damn thing in the world.”
Coogler and Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige traveled to Boston to visit Wright in the hospital. “It was scary for any production to happen to anybody,” Feige said. “It was especially rough on this production, which was already, uh…emotionally fraught.
Feige implied that Wright’s injury was just the latest production hiccup for “Wakanda Forever” at the time. After the death of original “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, the entire film had to be remade. Wright was determined to finish the film as a tribute to her late colleague, so she didn’t let her injuries stop her from doing so.
“I just remember wanting to finish my movie, man,” Wright said of Feige and Coogler’s hospital visit. “I think that was one of the first things I said to Ryan. And he said, ‘Tish, you need to recover.'”
Wright left Boston and traveled back home to London to recuperate. Production on “Wakanda Forever” ended in November 2021 when it was decided that she needed more time to heal. Cameras began rolling again in January 2022. Wright said he was still dealing with post-concussion syndrome when filming resumed.
“I had great, great, great medical support, great patience on set,” Wright said. “I’m extremely proud of myself. I’m extremely proud of Ryan, of the team, just for their resilience – overcoming adversity every step of the way. When I finished filming, I cried like a little baby.”
To read more about the making of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ click here to read the full text Variety cover story. The film opens in theaters nationwide on November 11 from Disney.
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