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After an almost two-month hiatus, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will start up filming again in Atlanta. The production shut down last November because actor Letitia Wright, who plays the Wakandan genius Shuri, suffered a shoulder injury.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wright is now recovered enough from her injury to shoot and is back in Atlanta. Production was actually supposed to start last week but was delayed until mid-January since several cast and crew members tested positive for COVID, including actor Lupita Nyong’o, who plays Nakia.
Wright, who has made anti-COVID vaccine statements in the past, has apparently been cleared to enter the United States (Wright is British), as THR quotes her agent as saying she had “always intended to return but just needed to wait until she had fully recovered.”
The second Black Panther film has faced several challenges so far. Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa, sadly passed away in August 2020, leaving open the question of who will take on the Black Panther mantle in the upcoming film.
Perhaps not unrelated to that question, THR is also reporting that Winston Duke, who plays M’Baku, has negotiated a "hefty" pay raise due to the expanded role his character will have in the movie.
Despite the setbacks, the film's premiere date hasn't changed in recent months. The sequel will be the third MCU movie to come out in 2022, with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder coming out in May and July respectively before Wakanda Forever’s Nov. 11 premiere.