‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ star Letitia Wright said during a heartfelt Q&A over the weekend that she first heard about her brother’s on-screen death. Chadwick Boseman via email – and “lost it”.
Wright’s recollection came after a screening of the sequel at the SAG Awards, which hit theaters to a smash hit on Friday. Wright plays Shuri, Boseman’s character’s sister.
She said she was confused why someone sent her condolences in an email, only to find her phone riddled with tragic text messages, according to ET.
“I was like, ‘I’m going to make this all go away. I’m going to call Chad and he’s going to answer the phone,'” Wright said. “And I saw Daniel Kaluuya [calling]… And I’m like, ‘Why is this brother calling me?’… I said, ‘Yeah, so you have about five seconds to tell me this isn’t real.’ »
“He said, ‘What are you doing? ‘” Wright recalled. “I said, ‘I’m calling Chad.’ And he said, ‘Tish, the family.’ And that’s where I lost it.
Boseman died in August 2020 at the age of 43 after being diagnosed with colon cancer four years prior.
Kaluuya, who portrayed a fellow Wakandan in “Black Panther” but does not appear in the second film, told Jemele Hill in 2021 that Boseman’s death was an “unquantifiable” loss.
He said the entire cast was “ready to honor what he gave” and couldn’t imagine how resilient Boseman was in keeping his terminal colon cancer private and enduring long days on set for the 2018 movie.
Wright said she wanted to honor Boseman in the sequel.
“I promised myself to honor God and I would honor Chad because I have a talent and I need to use it,” Wright said over the weekend. “This character is a blessing. The reason I got the role of Shuri is because of Chad. Telling her, ‘Yo, that’s my sister, stop auditioning people.'”