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Black Panther Star Letitia Wright Reportedly Not Vaccinated For Sequel

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Disney’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is one such production, as its British star Letitia Wright (who plays Shuri, the sister of Black Panther T’Challa played by the late Chadwick Boseman) is not vaccinated. The actor is resting in her London home following an on-set injury in August, but her return to the States to film the “Black Panther” sequel, which shoots in Atlanta, may run into logistical problems.

Wright, 28, was injured on the set in Boston back in August, while filming a sequence using a stunt rig, though production wasn’t expected to be impacted as the cast and crew filmed around her for two months.

it was reported last week that filming will be shut down as Wright recuperates, though a new report from The Hollywood Reporter reveals production may be impacted even further because Wright is not vaccinated from COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new rules on Monday, stating that all non-immigrant and non-citizen air travelers to the United States be fully vaccinated from COVID-19.

Wright, who was born in Guyana and moved to London when she was just seven years old, is not a U.S. citizen.

Director Ryan Coogler is said to have shot all that he can without Wright, with the production hiatus expected to begin Thanksgiving week.

The filmmaker and other production team members are expected to use the hiatus to ‘reconfigure’ the shoot so they can get back on track for an early 2022 production re-start.

In the meantime, the entertainment industry has seen an upswell of studio mandates, making vaccination mandatory for those working in close proximity Zone A on a given production. A producer tells THR, “We’re really only considering those who are vaccinated,” while another says, “Nobody wants an Aaron Rodgers situation,” referring to the NFL quarterback who flouted the League’s COVID-19 protocols and tested positive for the virus this week, leading to loss of playing time and a hefty fine of $14,650 (his team, the Green Bay Packers, must also pay a $300,000 fine to the League). The NFL’s enforcement of their own requirements drives home the point that many businesses are beginning to counteract the losses incurred by their vaccine-refusing employees.