Shuri is an equally important character as T’Challa in Black Panther and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only is the “tech prodigy” of Wakanda, Shuri has now become the main character when returning in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Shuri also brought fame and success to actress Letitia Wright, giving her greater opportunities in the film industry.
However, the role of Shuri almost could not have belonged to Wright, if the following beautiful female star did not give up at the last minute.
Sharing with Variety, Amandla Stenberg said she took the initiative to withdraw when she was in the “sprint” stage for the role. The young actress shared that the biggest reason she gave up this great opportunity was because she felt she was out of place compared to the rest of the cast, and wanted a purely African actor to play the role. Meanwhile, Amanla Stenberg is mixed-race, with a Danish father and an African-American mother.
“This is not a role that I should take. I am actually delighted that the role of Shuri has been given to the right person who deserves it. It’s just not for me,” Stenberg said.
The Hunger Games star also shared that deciding to abandon the Black Panther project was the hardest thing she ever did. “I got very close to the role and they asked me, ‘Do you want to keep fighting for it?’ At this point I didn’t feel right so I gave up,” added Stenberg.
She felt that an actor of pure color should take on this role
In the end, Latitia Wright was the actress who won the Shuri character selection for Black Panther. Joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Wright was impressed by the image of a smart, strong princess and a “technology prodigy” of Wakanda. Coming to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Shuri becomes the central character inheriting the Black Panther legacy, becoming a female warrior to protect her country.
Shuri becomes Black Panther in season 2
As for Amandla Stenberg, she was not too sad when she lost her role to her senior. Stenberg participated in many popular projects such as The Hate U Give, Bodies Bodies Bodies … and was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Awards. At the age of 20, she still has a career full of growth potential ahead.
Stenberg in The Hunger Games