KEY POINTS

  • Letitia Wright denied claims she's been pushing anti-vaccine views on the “Black Panther 2” set
  • She did not indicate her own vaccination status or share her views on vaccines in her statement
  • Wright said her only focus right now is “to do work that’s impactful and inspiring”

Letitia Wright has spoken up amid claims that she’s expressed anti-vaccination views on the “Black Panther 2” set. 

The 27-year-old Guyanese-British actress took to Instagram Wednesday to clear the air following the social media commotion instigated by a report from The Hollywood Reporter claiming she had been making statements against the COVID-19 vaccines on set. 

Wright shared a dark image of an ancient warrior’s full body armor with the Bible verse Isaiah 54:17, which read: “Weapons made to attack you won’t be successful; words spoken against you won’t hurt at all.”

The actress went on to address the report in a lengthy caption, in which she expressed how sad she was over the claims and insisted that she’s more focused on her work than anything else. 

“It saddens me to have to address the reports published by The Hollywood Reporter on October 6th 2021. The report spoke about my conduct on the set of ‘Black Panther 2.’ I honestly assert that this was completely untrue,” she wrote. 

The “Sing 2” star continued, “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me, knows that I work incredibly hard at my craft & my main focus is always to do work that’s impactful and inspiring. That has been & will continue to be my only focus.”

Wright concluded her post by saying that she will continue to “hold onto God’s hands” and “focus on my healing.” The actress was hospitalized in late August due to a minor injury she obtained on the set but quickly returned to filming.

The “Black Mirror” star’s post was met with positive feedback from followers and fans who assured her that they are standing by her.

“Standing and praying with you sis. Everything works out for your GOOD. Period,” one wrote. 

“We love you & miss you so muchhh [red heart emoji]. Don’t let them bring you down sis, you’re a true light of this generation so keep shining. Praying for you always,” another commented. 

Although Wright addressed THR’s story, she did not indicate her own vaccination status or share her current stand on the vaccination program amid the pandemic, as pointed out by Variety

Wright previously deactivated her accounts on Twitter and Instagram after causing a stir online for sharing an anti-vaccination video. 

In response to the backlash she received at the time, the actress issued a public apology saying she did not mean to hurt anyone by posting the video, Deadline reported. 

Wright plays the character of Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. In THR’s report, the outlet brought up the irony of having someone who plays a respected scientist in the franchise but spreads negative views on vaccination in real life.

The controversy intensified when fans speculated on social media that Wright’s character could take over as the Black Panther in the MCU following the passing of Chadwick Boseman. In the comic book series of the eponymous franchise, Shuri, as the princess of Wakanda, eventually took over her brother T’Challa’s role, according to NBC News.

Letitia Wright Brit Awards Pictured: Letitia Wright arrives at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2021 at Television Centre on June 6, 2021 in London, England. Photo: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images