Actor and comedian Ronnie Chieng has reportedly joined the cast of Marvel Studios highly-anticipated phase four-film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Discussing Film has learned.
The site says that Chieng joined the project before the Hollywood shutdown amid the coronavirus outbreak. It is unknown who he is playing and if he has filmed any of his scenes before the shutdown. The site reached out to Chieng’s reps but didn’t receive a response.
My guess is Ronnie Chieng will play someone similar to Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan in the Iron Man franchise, someone who is a close friend to Shang-Chi and a comedic sidekick. Another option, which is more of a long-shot, would M’Nai aka Midnight Sun, Shang-Chi’s adoptive brother and best friend, who in a tragic accident during a fight broke his neck, and was recovered by the Kree, cloned, and turned into a rogue assassin.
Production will be filmed under the working title Steamboat and has begun some shooting at the Disney-owned Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia, with some scenes to also be shot in San Fransisco, California.
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12), 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, with Awkwafina (Jumanji: The Next Level, Crazy Rich Asians), Michelle Yeoh (Last Christmas, Kung Fu Panda 2), Rosalind Chao (Mulan), Florian Munteanu (Creed 2) all in roles that are currently unknown at this time.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings was originally expected to theaters on February 12, 2021, but was moved by the Walt Disney Company to May 7, 2021, which was originally Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Madness’ release date.
Source: Discussing Film