January 27, 2021

Letitia Wright on Her ‘Instinctual’ Approach to ‘Black Panther’

Letitia Wright was never a fan of comic books. A Guyana native turned Londoner, the “Humans” actress spent much of her childhood indoors, keeping to herself and surfing the Internet for movies to pass the time. She became hooked on the 2003 dance flick “Honey” — “I came home and did all the dance routines in all the scenes” — and “Like Mike” — “I asked my mom to buy the shoes because I wanted to be [Bow Wow]” — but it wasn’t until she watched Keke Palmer and Angela Bassett in “Akeelah and the Bee” that she realized just how much she wanted to act.
Fast forward 11 years and Wright, 23, is starring alongside Bassett in Marvel’s latest superhero film, “Black Panther,” due out February 2018. She plays Princess Shuri, the half-sister of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and eventual Queen of Wakanda. Though she knew nothing of the character originally, Wright was knowledgeable enough about the film industry to recognize that the role could be her biggest yet.
“I knew that the comic book world was dominated by a lot of actors that didn’t look like me and I knew that this would be special,” she says. “The fact that it’s a

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