Letitia Wright says she channelled grief from Chadwick Boseman's death into Black Panther

Black Panther's Letitia Wright has spoken out about making 'Wakanda Forever' without Chadwick Boseman in an emotional tell-all magazine interview.

Boseman tragically passed away in 2020 aged 43 following a secret four-year battle with colon cancer, and now his co-stars admit the struggles of making a new movie without him.

He played the lead role of King T’Challa in the first instalment and bosses have confirmed his character has not been recast or digitally recreated for the second film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Bafta Rising Star winner Letitia, 28, who is reprising her role as Shuri, told Elle UK magazine she hopes the sequel will help "all the people who have lost people".

The actress channelled her grief into the film
(Image: ELLE UK / Shaniqwa Jarvis)

Boseman tragically passed away in 2020 aged 43
(Image: AFP via Getty Images)

Discussing how they honoured the memory of Boseman on set, she said: "In the moments that we have joy, I just sense him kicking back, laughing with God, like, 'Wow, look at my sisters'.

"We took all the love that we had for him and we put it into the film."

She added: "You wish you held on to him longer but he’s not here. So all that you have is to piece together the memories and what he’s left behind.

Letitia in character in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
(Image: Marvel Studios 2018)

"Make it beautiful and give it back to the world. I’m praying that this film helps all the people who have lost people."

Directed by Ryan Coogler, the sequel will see the leaders of Wakanda fight to protect their nation in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

Also returning for the sequel is Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K Ross and Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda.

Nyong’o admitted to Elle UK she was "dreading" discussing the new direction of the sequel after Boseman’s death but said Coogler’s idea offered her a "breath of relief".

Chadwick as King T'Challa

Wright stars on the cover of Elle’s UK November issue
(Image: ELLE UK / Shaniqwa Jarvis)

"He offered a raft out of a deep sea of grief", she added.

The actress also reflected on the significance of having a diverse group of black female actors in the film, adding: "We get to see them be fully human. That’s something that, as black women, we are often not afforded on-screen.

"And there are so many female characters. All too often in these movies, there’s a token one or two. Here, you’re seeing a community."

Wright, Nyong’o and Gurira star on the cover of Elle’s UK November issue. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be released in UK cinemas on November 11.

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