When actress Letitia Wright was first cast in Black Panther, details surrounding her role were scarce. By March, the actress’ role was confirmed to be Shuri, T’Challa’s sister, during a presentation by Disney at CinemaCon. With filming having wrapped on the film back in April, the actress is now speaking out about what fans can expect from Shuri’s big screen debut in February.
In a recent interview with Interview Magazine, Wright referred to her character as “refreshing,” citing the fact that we don’t typically get to see young black girls who love technology and happen to be from Africa on the big screen. She also discussed how Shuri designs new technology and has an “innovative mind.”
“She’s princess of Wakanda, but also she designs all of the new technology there,” Wright revealed. “She has an innovative spirit and an innovative mind, and she wants to take Wakanda to a new place. Also, she has a great fashion sense, better than mine. She’s so vibrant; a beautiful spirit, but also so focused on what she does. And that’s good for other people to see, especially young people to see, because it’s like, ‘Look, there’s a young black girl who loves technology and she’s from Africa.’ It’s something refreshing.”
Created by Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr., Shuri made her first appearance in Black Panther Vol 4 #2 back in 2005. Four years later, when T’Challa was attacked by the Cabal and left in a comatose state, Shuri ended up taking over as the Black Panther. Whether or not we get to see her ever take up the mantle of Black Panther down the line remains to be seen. However, with Shuri having recently been confirmed to appear in Avengers: Infinity War, the character is clearly set for a big future within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, alongside Michael B. Jordan as Erik Kilmonger, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue. The film opens February 16, 2018.