Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, Marvel’s upcoming film Shang-Chi has temporarily suspended production due to the Coronavirus.
The film is currently filming in Australia, where a large breakout has occurred. There have been 156 cases of the virus and has had three confirmed deaths. Actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson recently got diagnosed with the virus as they were filming down in Australia.
Director Destin Daniel Cretton has been advised to self-quarantine himself until he gets his test results back for the virus. Due to him having a new born baby, he is taking all the necessary precautions. If all clear, production will resume sometime next week.
The film itself has not shut down production completely nor is there talks to do so. The second unit for the film is expected to continue filming while this gets resolved.
“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.”
Production, which will film under the working title Steamboat, is set to take place in Australian at Fox Studios (now owned by Disney) with some scenes to also be shot in San Fransisco.
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Just Mercy), the film is set to star newcomer Simu Liu as the titular hero, popular Chinese actor Tony Leung (Infernal Affairs) playing the main villain, the Mandarin, Awkwafina (Jumanji: The Next Level, Crazy Rich Asians), Michelle Yeoh, and Rosalind Chao all roles are currently unknown at this time.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings will be in theaters on February 12, 2021.