Letitia Wright said as part of diversity The cover story of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever says she’s still in therapy to process the “traumatic” accident that happened to her on the set of the $250M Marvel tentpole. The actor was injured in late August 2021 after a motorcycle accident on set left her hospitalized with a broken shoulder and concussion, among other injuries.
The accident happened on the set of “Wakanda Forever” in Boston. Wright filmed a car chase that placed her on a “biscuit rig,” which allowed the camera to film her riding a motorcycle in a real-world setting. According to the film’s producer, Nate Moore, “the rig cut a median and sheared the bike, and it fell” with Wright on it.
More of diversity
“I’m still processing it,” Wright said diversity about the accident. “I’m still working through this in therapy. It was really traumatic.”
Wright was on the set in Boston with the film’s second crew, meaning neither Moore nor director Ryan Coogler were present when the accident happened. The two men were back in Atlanta on the main set of Wakanda Forever. Coogler had to be notified of Wright’s accident by phone.
“It was about as you can imagine,” Cooger said of the call. “I mean, I love these actors. This is me and Chad’s little sister. Imagine getting that call that your little sister is hurt. It’s the damn worst thing in the world.”
Coogler and Marvel Studios reveal that Kevin Feige traveled to Boston to visit Wright in the hospital. “It was horrific for anyone to witness a production,” Feige said. “It was especially tough for this production, which was already, uh… emotionally strained.”
Feige referenced that Wright’s injury at the time was just the latest production issue for “Wakanda Forever.” The entire film had to be rebuilt after the death of original Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman. Wright was determined to complete the film as a tribute to her late co-star, so she wouldn’t let her injuries prevent that.
“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 to London to recuperate. Production of “Wakanda Forever” halted in November 2021 when it was decided it needed more time to heal. Cameras started rolling again in January 2022. Wright said he was still battling post-concussion syndrome when filming resumed.
“I had great, great, great medical support and great patience on set,” Wright said. “I’m just extremely proud of myself. I’m very proud of Ryan, of the team, if only for the resilience – overcoming adversity at every turn. When I finished filming, I cried like a little baby.”
To learn more about the making of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, click here to read the full version diversity cover story. The film opens in theaters nationwide on November 11 from Disney.
Sign up for the Variety newsletter. Follow us for the latest news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Click here to read the full article.