“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” star Letitia Wright said during an honest question-and-answer session this weekend that she first heard about the on-screen death of her brother Chadwick Boseman via email — and “missing it.”
Wright’s memories came after the SAG Awards premiere of the sequel, which hit theaters and was a smash hit on Friday. Wright plays Shuri, the sister of the Bosman character.
She said she was puzzled why someone sent her condolences in an email, only to find her phone was filled with tragic text messages, according to ET.
“I said to myself, ‘I’m going to make all of this go away. “I’ll call Chad and he’ll answer the phone,” Wright said. I saw Daniel Kaluuya [calling]…and I’m like, “Why is this brother calling me?” … I said, “Yeah, you have about five seconds to tell me this isn’t real.”
Wright recalls: “He said, ‘What are you doing?'” ‘I said, ‘I’m calling Chad.’ And he said, ‘Che, family.’ That’s when I lost her.”
Bosman died in August 2020 at the age of 43 after being diagnosed with colon cancer four years earlier.
Kaluuya, who portrayed Wakandan’s colleague in “Black Panther” but did not appear in the second film, told Jamie Hill in 2021 that Bosman’s death was an “immeasurable” loss.
He said the entire cast was “ready to honor what he gave” and couldn’t fathom how resilient Bosman would have been in keeping the final colon cancer private and withstanding the long days of filming for the 2018 movie.
Wright said she wanted to honor Boseman in the sequel.
“I promised myself that I would honor God and respect Chad because I have a talent and I should use it,” Wright said over the weekend. “This character is a blessing. The reason for my role as Shuri is because of Chad. He said to him, ‘Yo, this is my sister, stop auditioning people.’”