ESSENCE Fest Rewind: 'Black Panther' Star Letitia Wright Dishes On Playing T'Challa's Teen Sister & Next Heir To The Throne

Just in case you don’t have enough Black Panther fever yet, actress Letitia Wright (aka T’Challa’s teen sibling Shuri) gave us even more to be excited about during her appearance at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival.

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The highly-anticipated film adaptation of the popular Marvel comic, which hits theaters February 16, has a star-studded cast that includes Chadwick Boseman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o— to name a few. Wright plays Black Panther’s little sister who is into technology and science and is also next in line to become the next Black Panther.

“I want little girls and boys to come out of the cinema and be like, ‘Yo mom, I wanna be a scientist. I wanna use my mind to be innovative. I wanna build my country,'” she told the ESSENCE Fest audience last July. “So hopefully this film does that.”

Hear more about her role in the film, and how director Ryan Coogler took her under his wing,  in the video above.