The cast of Marvel's Black Panther is already one of the most impressive in recent memory. However, if you thought they were done, you'd be wrong. After casting the likes Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o, the film has now cast and up and coming actress in another role. Letitia Wright, who will be seen in Steven Spielberg's upcoming, Ready Player One, has now been cast in this film as well. Word is, she'll be playing a character named Serita.
Of course, if you're now digging through you comic book database brain to remember exactly who Serita is, you probably won't find anything. There isn't a character named Serita who plays a prominent role in the Black Panther comics, so even though we have a name attached to the character, it doesn't tell us more than the studio, who, according to Variety, isn't officially commenting that the casting has happened at all.
Letitia Wright will be a new face to most American audiences, though she might be familiar to eyes across the pond. Wright has been making her career on British Television since 2011, most recently with an appearance on the popular Doctor Who, so American fans of that show may recognize her.
This is the second major Hollywood production that Letitia Wright has been cast in recently, so movie fans will apparently begin to see her more often. She's already on board the film adaptation of Ready Player One. Her character in that film appears to have something in common with her role in Black Panther. It's also an original role for the film. Imdb lists the character as Reb, somebody who doesn't appear in the original novel.
At 23 years old, Letitia Wright is one of the youngest people who's been cast in Black Panther. How that will inform the character of Serita is unknown. She could be a young member, or aspiring member, of the Dora Milaje, the all-female personal guard of the king of Wakanda. The two primary roles associated with that group have already been cast in the form of Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira, so we know that Sarita won't be taking the place of one of them, but if the Dora Milaje is going to be part of the movie, odds are there will be more important characters than simply those two.
We'll certainly learn more about how Sarita fits into Black Panther. There's plenty of time before the film hits theaters February 16, 2016.