Letitia Wright is coming for T’Challa’s crown, the 23-year old British actress’ role in Marvel’s highly anticipated Black Panther has just been announced.
She will be starring as Shuri, the younger sister of T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). Though news of Wright’s involvement in the film was already widely known, her actual role had been kept under wraps until now.
Shuri is the would be Wakandan queen who later on the in the comics adapts Black Panther’s identity, starring in her own series of the same name. Before becoming Black Panther, Shuri was extensively trained in martial arts. Like the Black Panthers before her, she also went on to consume the heart-shaped herb that gave her enhanced speed, agility, strength, endurance, and senses. Like her older brother’s, her uniform is composed of vibranium.
Joining Wright and Boseman in Black Panther will be Michael B. Jordan, who will play Erik Killmonger (Black Panther’s nemesis) Lupita Nyong’o as Naki and Danai Gurira as Okoye. (Both Nakia and Okoye are personal bodyguards of Black Panther.) Forest Whitaker has signed up to play Zuri, an elder Wakandan statesman; Florence Kasumba will reprise her Captain America: Civil War role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje; and Get Out‘s Daniel Kaluuya will play W’Kabi, T’Challa’s BFF.
Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther will be Letitia Wright’s biggest role to date. Though the actress has been one to watch in the U.K., this new role and her future role in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming feature, Ready Player One means an entirely new set of eyes looking her way.
Black Panther will be released February 16, 2018.