Letitia Wright says her accident on the set of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was “traumatic,” recalling the motorcycle incident that left her with a broken shoulder, concussion and other injuries.
“I’m still processing it,” he told Variety. “I’m still working through it in therapy. It was really traumatic.”
The accident occurred during the filming of the film in Boston, in August 2021, while Wright was filming a chase sequence. The filming used a device that allowed the camera to film Wright over his shoulder while he was riding a motorcycle in a real environment. According to producer Nate Moore, “he collided with a median and became detached from the motorcycle, and he did a somersault”.
Director Ryan Coogler was not present at the time: Wright was shooting the scene with the film’s second unit crew.
Both Coogler and Marvel president Kevin Feige visited Wright in Boston after the accident.
“It’s horrifying in any production that happens to anyone,” Feige said. “It was particularly tough on this production that was already, uh… emotionally strained.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever continues the story of Black Panther following the death of the original film’s protagonist, Chadwick Boseman. And Wright was determined to finish what she had started.
“I just remember I wanted to finish my movie, man,” he said. “I think that was one of the first things I said to Ryan. And he was like, ‘You have to get back on your feet.'”
Wright then returned to London to heal, and production was put on hold until January 2022, but he still had to deal with post-concussion syndrome during the restart of filming.
“I had great, great, great medical support, great patience on set,” he said. “I’m so proud of myself. I’m so proud of Ryan, of the crew, of his resilience, of overcoming adversity every time. When I finished filming, I cried like a baby.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens on November 11 and here you can read our review. We also got to know what the movie’s script was going to look like before it had to be rewritten.