Shang-Chi Production On Hold While Director Is Tested For Coronavirus

Shang-Chi Production On Hold While Director Is Tested For Coronavirus

COVID-19 a.k.a. the novel coronavirus may be one of the few foes that Marvel’s Shang-Chi can’t defeat. According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Destin Daniel Cretton is temporarily stepping aside from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. while awaiting the results of his COVID-19 test. Consequently, Marvel and Disney have also decided to halt the first unit production until Cretton’s results are in. However, the film’s second unit will remain in production.

THR also shared the message that was sent to the Shang-Chi crew; which explains Cretton’s absence.

“As many of you know, Destin, our director, has a new born baby. He wanted to exercise additional caution given the current environment and decided to get tested for Covid-19 today. He is currently self-isolating under the recommendation of his doctor. While he waits for the results of the test, we are suspending 1st unit production in an abundance of caution until he gets the results this coming week. Second unit and off production will continue as normal. We will reach out to everyone by Tuesday for the latest update.

This is an unprecedented time. We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we work through this.”

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Simu Liu will star as the title character in Shang-Chi. Additionally, Awkwafina will co-star in a currently unrevealed role.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will hit theaters on February 21, 2021.

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