38 minutes ago 0 Shares Black Panther’s Letitia Wright Named BAFTA 2019 Rising Star Sun Feb 10 2019 20:20:37 GMT+0000 (GMT) Sun Feb 10 2019 20:52:31 GMT+0000 (GMT) Jess Hardiman Jess Hardiman in Entertainment Powered by Actor Letitia Wright has received the Rising Star BAFTA award in this evening's ceremony, having been up against fellow…
ActorLetitia Wrighthas received the Rising Star BAFTA award in this evening’s ceremony, having been up against fellow nominees Barry Keoghan, Cynthia Erivo, Jessie Buckley and Lakeith Stanfield.
Wright has been widely praised for her performance asShuri, the sister of Chadwick Boseman’sT’Challa, in last year’s hit Marvel filmBlack Panther– which has picked up the Best Visual Effects BAFTA, as well – but also recently starred in ‘Black Museum’, an episode of Charlie Brooker seriesBlack Mirror, superhero blockbusterAvengers: Infinity Warand Steven Spielberg’sReady Player One.
The a Guyanese-born British actor has other credits in Channel 4 programmesHumans, Top Boy, CucumberandBanana, among others.
But her performance as Shuri inBlack Pantheris the one that’s had tongues wagging recently – including ones wondering if she could see Shuri becoming the titular super hero one day?
Wright has admitted that, while she’s not trying to steal Boseman’s role,she’d be up for taking it on if it came her way.
During a Q&A session at this year’s MCM London Comic-Con, she said:“If the opportunity came about, then why not? It would be comic book accurate. Yeah, that would be amazing.
“It means more training, more learning and it would really be an amazing adventure.Shuribecomes a savage in the comic books.
“From going to comedic and fun and like a kid – to then just pulling out some claws. I’m excited.”
She also spoke about theonline debate discussing whether or not Shuri is technically a Disney Princess, adding:“I was like, ‘what’s this Disney Princess pressure? Do I have to be perfect?’.
“Then Irealisedthat everyone’s just so geeked about having a different kind of female character in the Marvel universe and the Disney universe. And there’s going to be much, much more – I’m not the only Disney Princess to come to the surface and claim that title.
“I’m sohonoured, seriously. I grew up on the Disney movies and grew up with the Disney Princesses and they didn’t really look like me. But now, you can go buy action figures and say ‘this is a Disney Princess’ – right on!”
Congratulations to Letitia Wright, who I’m sure we’ll be seeing A LOT more of in the future!
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