Today, Shang-Chi & The Legend of The Ten Rings has officially wrapped according to the MCU film’s director Destin Daniel Cretton, who made the announcement on his Instagram account. Filming had been placed on hiatus after the director had to quarantine himself from the cast and crew that was prolonged when Australia paused all productions for a good amount of time.
Simu Liu also commented on the post on Instagram Stories.
The only three cast members announced by Marvel Studios include Simu Liu as the titular hero Shang-Chi, Tony Leung as the real version of The Mandarin, and Awkwafina as the undisclosed female lead. Hopefully, with the film completing production we’ll start to get to official stills or at least the official cast/character list.
Shang-Chi is a martial arts superhero that was an homage to Bruce Lee and seemingly took direct inspiration from Lee’s film Enter The Dragon. While his power-set is mostly being incredibly skilled with weapons and various martial arts such as kung-fu (referred to as The Master of Kung-Fu), he later got the superhuman ability to replicate himself with multiple duplicates.
The new MCU film is expected to explore the real Mandarin’s relationship with terrorist group The Ten Rings (first appeared in Iron Man) and the villain is likely a surrogate for Shang-Chi’s comic book father Zheng Zu aka Fu Manchu.
Production was taking place at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia under the working title of Steamboat and filmed some exterior scenes in San Francisco recently. Now that Shang-Chi is finished principal photography, Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love & Thunder aka The Big Salad can move in to those stages to begin shooting in early 2021.
Shang-Chi & The Legend of The Ten Rings is currently slated for release on July 9th, 2021 after being moved from February 12th and May 7th previously.
SOURCE: DESTIN DANIEL CRETTON