Letitia Wright caused a stir two years ago when she liked and retweeted messages calling for the cancellation of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Additionally, she contributed to the distribution of a transphobic anti-vax film.
Disney chose not to openly address the issue, following the example set by Warner Bros. Discovery in response to Ezra Miller’s numerous issues. This was particularly true when it appeared to come to an end after Wright removed her Disney-affiliated Twitter account in the hope that the problem would be resolved.
It did for a while, but months later, when Wright made the decision to recover from a stunt performance accident in the UK, the issue erupted. However, because she didn’t adhere to vaccination guidelines, it was unclear if she would be allowed to return for US filming.
Naturally, the actress’s reps disputed it, but it appears like it was a major issue for Disney at the time.
Hollywood Trouble for Letitia Wright
Senior Deadline reporter Justin Knoll spoke with “The Town with Matt Belloni” presenter Matt Belloni on Letitia Wright’s standing among her under-30 acting contemporaries.
Belloni, a former editor for The Hollywood Reporter and co-founder of Puck News, was forthright in his assessment of Wright, saying that her anti-vax remarks, in particular, caused the production of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to be “totally interrupted.”
Wright’s equivocal vaccination status raised “issues about whether she could come back” when she returned to the UK during filming, and Marvel Studios described the event as “a pain.”
In contrast to Wright, Kroll claims that many actors in Hollywood “who aren’t vaccinated that opted not to do it” were “silent about it.” But Knoll insisted that “after she started vocalising, you didn’t hear her name for [roles].”
In this business, “you can be wild and be a jerk and still get names,” but “that’s when the studio execs grow dubious about you when it goes public and turns off audiences.”
Wright’s anti-vax remarks were “extremely delicate,” and she described herself as “one of the small group that people targeted out” because of those opinions. When you’re a rising celebrity, you want to be sure you’re receiving meetings, and I think that worries executives, Knoll explains.
It doesn’t help you in your trajectory when you’re losing meetings, Knoll continues before ending on a more encouraging note for Wright and saying that “things doesn’t imply that with Black Panther 2, it won’t change, though.”
After all, as Knoll said, she has remained quiet about some of the more unpopular viewpoints, and with Wakanda Forever’s unavoidable success, she will probably be able to attend more meetings in Hollywood.
Black Panther’s Controversy Has Eased
Even though it’s cynical, Knoll seems to have it right when it comes to the importance of audience perception (or lack thereof). Realizing how much criticism there was surrounding Wright and the Black Panther 2 sequel is shocking, but after the actress chose to remain silent, it gradually faded away.
If Wakanda Forever turns out to be as good and profitable as it appears from the trailer, it will undoubtedly help allay executives’ concerns about Wright’s Hollywood career resurging following the movie. Will it, however, satisfy more fans who do recall Wright’s remarks and reactions to the controversy?
Time will tell after November 11’s theatrical premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.