Who is Letitia Wright? Black Panther actress on the verge of greatness

Letitia Wright

Letitia Wright will play Princess Shuri in Black Panther (Marvel)

Letitia Wright may just become your new on-screen obsession in 2018.

The 24-year-old is set to appear in Marvel’s anticipated Black Panther in February, starring alongside Hollywood greats like Angela Bassett, Michael B Jordan, Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong’o.

As Wright dangles on the verge of breaking out, The Silhouette UK digs a little deeper into the British rising star.

Who is Letitia Wright?

Humble origins

Wright was born in Georgetown, Guyana before moving to London with her family at the age of seven.

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Look familiar?

Wright may look a little familiar to British audiences thanks to previous roles in shows like BBC One’s Holby City, Channel 4’s gritty drama Top Boy, alongside Ashley Walters, and Black Mirror.

However Wright might be best known for her role in Humans after starring in season two for seven episodes.

Leonardo DiCaprio 2.0

Wright was cast in the 2015 film Urban Hymn, directed by Michael Caton-Jones, the same man who discovered Leonardo DiCaprio.

After working with Wright on the crime drama, Caton-Jones said according to Vanity Fair: “[Wright is] the most exciting young screen acting talent that I’ve had the pleasure of working with since Leonardo DiCaprio. Letitia is just gobsmackingly brilliant.”

Black Panther - Lupita Nyong'o and Letitia Wright

Letitia Wright will star alongside Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Angela Bassett in Black Panther

Wright’s religious faith cost her a role in a film starring Nicole Kidman

After starring in Urban Hymn, Wright was encouraged by her Christian friends to become more intune with her religious faith. This prompted the actress to take a seven-month break from acting but it also meant losing out on a role in movie starring Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning.

Wright said of the lengthy sabbatical: “But I remember God was like, to me, ‘Give up the job. I can give you more than that; I just need you right now. Give up the job’.”

Keke Palmer can take credit for Letitia Wright’s career

Wright has said that watching Palmer in Akeelah and the Bee inspired her to pursue acting seriously.

Black Panther who?

Wright plays Princess Shuri alongside Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther aka T’Challa in the Marvel movie. But she didn’t know much about the superhero before starring in the movie.

Speaking to Teen Vogue, Wright said: “Well, I never knew anything about Black Panther [before being cast]. All I knew was that it’s about black superheroes from Africa.

“When I heard about the audition, I read the mock script of the character. I liked how intelligent she was. She’s a teenager, but her age doesn’t define who she is. People think, You’re young; you don’t know what you’re talking about, but she didn’t let that be a limitation. I instinctively picked up [that Shuri] had something meaningful to say. How did you hear about the movie?”

Get ready for more of Letitia Wright on your screens in 2018

Far from taking it easy, Wright has two more films coming out in 2018: The Commuter alongside Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga, and Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. She will also reprise the role of Shuri in Avengers: Infinity War.

Black Panther is set for release in the UK on 13 February 2018.


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