Amandla Stenberg was one of the actresses in the running to play Shuri, but she decided not to pursue the role of T'Challa's tech-obsessed sister.
"I was in the audition process for it, then I decided to not continue with the process because I thought that it wouldn't be right for me as a biracial, light-skinned American to be playing [the role]. I don't think visually it [would've] make sense and it wasn't appropriate for me to go after that role. Black Panther is one of the only films that we have that has darker-skinned representation. That's what was so beautiful about it."