#ICYMI “God Trusted Me With The Part” Letitia Wright Said Of Her Role As Princess Shuri in Black Panther
From what I hear, T’Challa has some competition with his baby sister Princess Shuri in the upcoming Black Panther film.
Letitia Wright plays the princess, and apparently, she is giving Chadwick Boseman’s lead superhero character a run for his money. Many are saying Wright is the breakout star of the most-anticipated film of the year. I hadn’t heard of the 24-year-old British actress until recently, but she is someone we all need to be checking for.
So, in true Throwback Thursday fashion, let’s all get caught up on who this young woman is from an interview she did during the Essence Festival last year about how she ended up joining the Black Panther cast, citing God as the main reason.
“When this film came about, it was just on my IMDB watch list. I just wanted to support it,” she said. “Then I heard that they were auditioning. I was like God this is huge; they’re not even gonna look at me.”
With only a breakout performance in 2016’s Urban Hymn film and other small roles, the Guyanese-born actress really did not think she had a shot at getting a role. Instead of throwing her hands up in the air, she clasped them together and came to God in prayer.
“I sent one tape, and then I sent another and then some dope stuff happened in prayer. God revealed to me that He trusted me with the part before anybody told me and it was a huge spiritual experience. He gave me signs about where I was going and those signs came true,” she declared.
And she got the part! Wow, talk about faith with deeds! Wright also mentioned how inspired she was by the film Akeelah and the Bee, saying that her biggest takeaway was that being an actor, for her, meant portraying positive role models. Wright retweeted just how the character Princess Shuri is an example of that.
Wright also mentioned that she had her eye on another powerful Black female superhero – Storm from X-men. Although she wanted to portray her as well, she said that God’s will for her is just that – God’s will. And whatever He has lined up for her is for her.
“I remember my agent was like ‘X-Men, yeah!’ and he had me like really? Then I remember [novelist and screenwriter] John Irving came and he was in my church telling me, ‘You know, X-Men, they’re looking at you, right?’ But I didn’t get it. So, I would say Storm, but I’m happy with Shuri. Shuri goes on to do big things! I’m content, Lord.”
Clearly, the Lord knows what He’s doing. Not only is the character doing big things, allowing us Black women to see ourselves in a smart and powerful way, but Wright herself is also doing big things. She is being mentioned in almost every entertainment sphere, and I can only imagine how the newly-minted starlet feels getting praise for portraying Princess Shuri. I’m sure she would still echo the same words she used last year about how her goal as an actor is to radiate positivity through her characters.
“This is the first film that will be a great platform, but hopefully it’s a positive platform,” she stated. “I’m not trying to be famous, I’m not trying to be the next whatever. I’m just trying to be someone that contributes positivity with my talent.”
Remember to check her out when Black Panther hits theaters on February 16.