Though we already knew we were going to have to wait longer than originally thought for much-anticipated MCU sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the production itself is now facing a delay due to the severity of the injury sustained by Letitia Wright.

Wright, who plays Shuri in the film, and appears primed to be the lead for the sequel following Chadwick Boseman‘s death, suffered an injury involving a stunt wire rig in August while the movie was shooting in Boston. She returned to London to recovery, but that has taken longer than anyone thought, which means that director Ryan Coogler and his crew have shot all the footage they can without her.

“Letitia has been recovering in London since September from injuries sustained on the set of Black Panther 2 and is looking forward to returning to work early 2022,” a representative for Wright tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Letitia kindly asks that you keep her in your prayers.”

The shutdown will likely now happen in the next couple of weeks, with the aim of restarting early next year. The movie’s current release date of 11 November next year is still on the books, and we’ll wait to see if that changes.

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