AceShowbiz - Chadwick Boseman is forever in Letitia Wright's heart and mind after his untimely passing two years ago. The Guyanese-born actress has shared her experience of feeling the late actor's presence spiritually during the filming of "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever", claiming that she "could hear" his encouraging voice.
"I will always have moments on set of doubt, and I'll be like, 'Oh man, I don't know if I can do this,' " Wright said to PEOPLE at the D23 Expo on Saturday, September 10. "I could just hear [Boseman] be like, 'Sister, you're great. You got this. I'm proud of you.' That really just kept me moving forward."
Also remembering Boseman, Winston Duke, who reprises his role as M'Baku in the upcoming movie, said, "He was always a very quietly powerful person. Sometimes you don't realize the extent, the amount of space people like that take up until they're not there." He added, "He was one of those people that led by example, and just led by always showing up and putting his best foot forward every day."
The "Spenser Confidential" star went on divulging how it was different to film the sequel without Boseman. "You don't realize that this movie wasn't as playful in between takes as the first one. When Chadwick was around we were rapping and laughing. It just wasn't the same dynamic," the 35-year-old continued. "That's one thing we can tell you: It wasn't the same dynamic. But it couldn't be, because it's not the same circumstance."
"What it did have is a lot of love, a lot of inclusion," he noted. "I think 'Black Panther' has always been a really rich tapestry, and all the colors always make that tapestry grow."
Duke, however, added that amid their collective grief, "finding the joy was really easy because you're surrounded by a lot of people that you like and the space felt very safe." He gushed, "The joy was at times very easy to find because you're also with people who are full of joy. And it just happens that we're dealing with a tragedy. We're dealing with immense loss of a person that we really loved and we knew as a person."
"Because we didn't know Chadwick as a figure on the screen, from far away, aspirational; we knew him as a friend, as someone's husband, someone's brother, someone's son, and a funny dude," he went on honoring the T'Challa depicter, before saying of continuing the late actor's legacy with the sequel. "It's very hard at times but really fun."
"Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" is due out November 11 in the United States, with the likes of Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett and Martin Freeman also returning in their respective roles.