Marvel Suspends Main Shooting On Shang-Chi As Director Destin Daniel Cretton Is Tested For Coronavirus

Destin Daniel Cretton

by James White |
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And the ripples of the Coronavirus situation continue to spread. Marvel is halting first-unit (AKA the main) production on Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings after director Destin Daniel Cretton chose to self-isolate while being tested for the virus.

While the filmmaker is not showing symptoms, he decided, upon the advice of a doctor, to get a test and isolate himself from the cast and crew of the film, which will continue second unit. There has been no announcement yet whether this suspension – which is reportedly to be temporary – will affect the film's planned 2021 release.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the following note was distributed to the crew: "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."

Shang-Chi stars Simu Liu alongside Awkwafina and Tony Leung, and will introduce the superheroic kung fu warrior to the MCU.

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