Black Panther How Letitia Wright Became a Marvel Breakout
The actress who plays T'Challa's scientist sister Shuri recognizes this is a special role: "I grew up seeing so many stereotypes on TV and I didn't want to play that as well."
The actress has earned praise for her work in the Black Mirror episode "Black Museum" and in other roles, but she is poised to be introduced to her biggest audience yet with this week's Black Panther, which is tracking to be a massive box office success (in addition to being a cultural phenomenon).
Her character, Shuri, is a brilliant scientist and younger sister to T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman). As the head of the Wakandan Design Group, she uses her genius to help her nation and creates gadgets that aid her brother as the Black Panther. In a film packed with breakout characters, Shuri is managing to stand out — and already has fans asking if down the road she could take up the mantle of Black Panther, as the character does in the comics.
Boseman notes they had a strong relationship from day one.
"I looked up at her and she was like, 'Why you being so serious?'" he recalls with a laugh. “It's what little sisters do to their big brothers. I just enjoy having her around. Her joy, her spunk, it gave us all something. It gave us all a little piece of, I guess, the inspiration for the movie that we needed."
It's not lost on Wright that her role is a unique one, and in a conversation with Heat Vision she opens up about playing a black girl in the STEM field, her sibling relationship with Boseman and what's left of her big year (including roles in March's Ready Player One and May's Avengers: Infinity War).....
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