As fans eagerly await Marvel Studios’ upcoming “Black Panther” film, one of the details that has remained elusive thus far has been what role “Doctor Who” alum Letitia Wright would be playing. Now, we have confirmation that the British actress will be playing none other than the King of Wakanda’s sister, Shuri.
During a presentation by Disney at CinemaCon, the entire main cast was unveiled, along with the names of who they would be playing. Sure enough, underneath Wright’s photo was the name Shuri, putting an end to the five-month-long mystery surrounding her casting.
Shuri, the Princess of Wakanda, first appeared in comics in “Black Panther” #2 back in May, 2005. However, four years later, she went on to assume the mantle of Black Panther in her own right after T’Challa was attacked by the Cabal and left in a comatose state, though there’s nothing so far that suggests we might see this in the film.
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.