During an exclusive chat with PEOPLE, star Letitia Wright Reflected in working with “The Amazing” Michael K. Williams on surroundedthe actor’s last film before his death in September 2021. According to Black Panther star, working with the late actor surrounded It was an honor for Wright.
Wright told the outlet that she knows the “fantastic artist” from projects like the wire and HBO’s a night. Wright added that Williams was also mentioned instead surrounded The filmmakers were on a Zoom call to discuss who they wanted to portray their mystery character.
Wright told the outlet,[Director] Anthony [Mandler] He was like, “What if we get Michael K.?” And I texted him, I was like, “If you get Michael K., this is going to boost the whole movie.”
Wright stated that after reaching out to Williams, the late actor was interested in tackling the role. She said, “He just dropped whatever he was doing and said, ‘Look, I got you.'” I got you guys. I want to be a part of this. “”
the Death on the Nile The actor added that the “energy” and integrity that Williams brought to the set surrounded “It was nice to see him.”
Wright said, “He was so lovely to work with, I think he was going to the Bahamas or something after that.” [shooting]. We were in the freezing cold of the desert. It’s like, “I’m going to the Bahamas.” I was like, well, I bet.”
After being asked if the cast and crew paid tribute to Williams after the actor’s death, Wright said they were “all in different parts of the world” at the time of Williams’ death, adding, “We all talked to each other online and tried to share our condolences with his family and friends.”
Letitia Wright noted that the cast and crew of “Ocean” still wanted to honor Michael K. Williams “as a team.”
The actor remarked, “We haven’t done it as a team yet. But when we see each other, that will be the main thing we discuss and talk about, and I feel like we will.”
in surroundedWright plays Moses “Mo” Washington, a character based on real-life Buffalo soldier Cathy Williams.
Wright noted that playing the role of Mo was a huge appeal to her.
Wright said,[It was] Something I’ve never seen before for me as a black woman leading a movie, and strength of character really. Her journey really inspired me, and I wanted to be a part of it and be the one to tell it.”
The actress also revealed the main message she takes from surrounded. She said, “When you just have faith that your future is going to be different and you never give up on that.”
Wright added, “Never give up on the belief that you deserve something beautiful in life, something that can be yours. Mo was fighting for it and doing it to the end, so that really stayed with me.”
In addition to Wright and Williams, surrounded It stars Jamie Bell, Jeffrey Donovan, and Brett Gilman. The film was written by Andrew Bagana and Justin Thomas, with Aaron Ginsberg, William Green, Jason Cloth, Richard McConnell, and Suraj Marabuena serving as executive producers. Wright is also a co-producer of the film, along with Mandler, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Michael Berman, Derek Egger, and Adi Odesina.
surrounded On Digital arrives June 20th.