Disney officially confirmed that Actress Letitia Wright (Humans, My Brother the Devil) will be joining the cast of Marvel’s Black Panther directed by Creed helmer Ryan Coogler.  Wright joins the cast including Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Phylicia Rashad, and Angela Bassett.

Wright will play the key role of Shuri, T’Challa’s (Boseman) younger sister and a key member of the Wakandan royal family.  For those who aren’t familiar with the character, Shuri was written to be the princess of Wakanda.  She eventually succeeds T’Challa when he was left comatose, and becomes queen of Wakanda (the Black Panther), and ruler of her country.  If Wright’s film portrayal follows the comic book version, she will be a skilled and ambitious warrior.

Joe Robert Cole is co-penning the script with Coogler. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is producing the movie.

Wright is a British actress who was singled out by Screen International as one of its Stars of Tomorrow in 2012, and was referred to as “one of the most promising actresses of this generation” by Michael Caton Jones, the director who discovered Leonardo Di Caprio.  Black Panther will be Wright’s first role in a major blockbuster film, and based on the qualities of the character that she will be playing, we look forward to witnessing a strong and powerful performance.

Black Panther has been one of the most important characters in the Marvel Universe, as he was the first black superhero introduced in mainstream comics, and is set to hit theaters on February 16, 2018!  Let the countdown begin!