By LILY TINOCO | Reporter
Palisadian Kevin Feige—president of Marvel Studios—executive produced “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” a film set to premiere in theaters Friday, September 3.
“Marvel Studios’ ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization,” according to a synopsis on Disney’s website.
Feige recently spoke to Marvel Entertainment about introducing Shang-Chi to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the film’s fruition.
“[In] almost the entirety of my 20 years at Marvel, this has been on a list of movies we dreamed of making,” Feige said. “The story, as people will soon see, of this son who has this very complex relationship with his father was always fascinating to me. Finally here we are, tapping into the Legend of the Ten Rings, which is also going to be fun for MCU fans tracking that logo throughout the movies.
“It’s been a beat since we’ve brought a new origin story of a new Marvel hero to the screen.”
“Shang-Chi” has been widely described as a barrier-breaking film for Marvel, as it is the studio’s first film to star a predominantly Asian cast. The film stars Liu as Shang-Chi, Awkwafina as Katy, Tony Leung as Wenwu, Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Fala Chen as Jiang Li and more.
“[Destin Daniel Cretton] and my producer partner Jonathan Schwartz and particularly Sarah Finn, our casting director, scoured the globe to find Shang-Chi and found him in Canada,” Feige said to “Extra” about casting Liu as Shang-Chi. “Simu has done some fun work up there, great work. He also came in and just did tremendous, tremendous auditions and readings, and we could tell he was ready to stand up there, right up alongside all the best actors in this town and heroes in the Marvel Universe.”
The film was directed by Cretton; Cretton also joined Dave Callaham and Andrew Lanham as writers for the film.
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” rated PG-13, is slated to premiere on September 3 with a runtime of two hours and 12 minutes. The film is set to have a theater-only experience before being released on Disney+ after 45 days.
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