USA:Guyana- and Tobago-born actors are standouts in blockbuster ‘Black Panther’ superhero film

In "Black Panther," Guyana-born Letitia Wright (l.) is the technological genius Shuri and Tobago-born Winston Duke (r.) plays M'Baku, the powerful leader of the Jabari Tribe in fictional land of Wakanda.

Among the shining stars of this weekend’s opening of the Marvel Studios’ superhero movie “Black Panther” were Letitia Wright from Guyana and Winston Duke of Tobago, who gave notable performances in the Hollywood blockbuster.

The pair are riding the success of the anticipated film, which had record-setting advance ticket sales and is in the middle of an impressive four-day President’s Day weekend debut.

Based on the Marvel comic book series that started in the mid-1960s, “Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira.

Wright, 24, was born in Guyana. While a child, she moved to London with her family. She plays Shuri, the sister of T’Challa, the prince who becomes ruler of the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda and reigning Black Panther — the country’s masked superhero protector.

Wright’s Shuri is passionate, intelligent, technologically intense and — like the other female characters in “Panther” — well equipped for intense physical combat.

Duke, 31, portrays the powerful leader M’Baku, whose Jabari Tribe lives in far-flung mountains away from urban Wakanda.


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