Marvel is prepping to roll cameras again for the upcoming project Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The studios are expecting to restart production later this month of July in Sydney, Australia.
The production team and cast will reportedly be quarantined immediately once they set foot in Sydney, indicating that Marvel will take “careful steps” to get back to work in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The movie had begun production back in February. The filming halted in March when director Destin Daniel Cretton made the official decision with his doctor to close the set in order to protect his newborn child. Although his coronavirus testing came out negative eventually, more and more Hollywood studios then took actions to shut down productions, leaving a ghost town in the box offices for several months. Cretton is reportedly prepping his return to set in late July at the moment.
Shang-Chi is expected to kick off next summer’s box office on May 7, 2021. Originally, it was set to open in February 2021 before a slew of Marvel movies pushed the picture back.
Shang-Chi would be the second movie from Walt Disney Studios that will be resuming after 20th Century Studios’ Avatar 2, which restarted production last month in New Zealand. The Disney+ show Falcon and the Winter Soldier will also be expecting special permission from the Czech Republic to finish production in Marvel’s Phase Four process of getting back to work.
Shang-Chi stars Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Leung. The film, based on the Marvel comics, follows the titular character of Shang-Chi, the son of a China-based globalist who raised and educated his progeny in his reclusive, isolated China compound. The son is trained in the martial arts and develops unsurpassed skills. He is eventually introduced to the outside world to do his father’s bidding, and then must come to terms that his father is a criminal mastermind and isn’t the humanitarian he has claimed to be.
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