“Black Panther” star Letitia Wright shut down a report saying she espoused COVID-19 misinformation on the set of the Marvel sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Eternally.”
Wright, who performs the titular superhero’s good sister, Shuri, within the franchise, took to Instagram Tuesday to say that the conduct referenced in the Hollywood Reporter’s Oct. 6 story “was utterly unfaithful.”
The report, which was extra broadly in regards to the vaccine mandate debate in Hollywood, name-checked the actress and mentioned she shared anti-vaccine positions on social media. It additionally cited a supply on the “Black Panther: Wakanda Eternally” set who alleged she “espoused comparable views in regards to the COVID-19 vaccines on the Atlanta manufacturing.”
Certainly, the 27-year-old deleted some of her social media accounts in December after sparking a backlash for posting a video questioning the legitimacy of the vaccines, skepticism about local weather change and transphobic feedback. She additionally reportedly parted methods together with her whole U.S. staff of representatives after the incident.
“It saddens me to have to handle the experiences printed by The Hollywood Reporter on October sixth 2021,” she wrote on Instagram. “The report spoke about my conduct on the set of black Panther 2. I truthfully assert that this was utterly unfaithful.”
“Anybody who is aware of me or has labored with me, is aware of that I work extremely arduous at my craft & my principal focus is at all times to do work that’s impactful and galvanizing. That has been & will proceed to be my solely focus,” she added.
Wright’s accompanying photograph quoted a Bible verse and mentioned she would “proceed to carry onto Gods palms, and onto the scripture of Isaiah 54:17.”
That verse, quoted in her photograph, says: “Weapons made to assault you gained’t achieve success; phrases spoken in opposition to you gained’t damage in any respect.”
Wright mentioned she would proceed to concentrate on her “therapeutic” and thanked followers for his or her prayers.
The story’s reporters and representatives for the Hollywood Reporter didn’t instantly reply to The Instances’ request for remark.
The actress was briefly hospitalized in Boston in August after sustaining minor accidents whereas filming a stunt for the movie there.
“Black Panther: Wakanda Eternally,” is the extremely anticipated follow-up to the 2018 Marvel smash starring Chadwick Boseman within the titular function. Little is thought in regards to the plot of the brand new movie, however Wright’s character, who’s the fictional kingdom’s heir-apparent, was reportedly given a bigger function within the sequel after Boseman’s unexpected death in August 2020.
Some comedian guide followers interpreted that to imply Shuri could succeed her elder brother because the superhero identical to her character did within the comics written by Reginald Hudlin from 2005 to 2009. Neither Disney nor Marvel has confirmed that conjecture.
The movie, which is once more directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler, is slated for launch in July 2022.
Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige informed Deadline in January that the sequel, which gained’t recast T’Challa or use a CG model of the actor, will concentrate on “furthering the mythology and the inspiration of Wakanda.”