A tweet from DiscussingFilm suggests that Marvel has hired cinematographer Bill Pope for Shang-Chi, which will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. Shang-Chi will be Marvel Studios’ first Asian leading superhero film and is expected to be the next project to shoot after The Eternals.
Cinematographer Bill Pope (‘Spider-Man 2’, ‘The Matrix’) has joined the crew for ‘SHANG CHI’. (EXCLUSIVE) pic.twitter.com/6LNDZURwHv
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) July 15, 2019
His credits include The Jungle Book, Alita: Battle Angel, Baby Driver, The World’s End, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Spider-Man 3, Spider-Man 2, Army of Darkness, Darkman, and The Matrix trilogy.
This wouldn’t be the first connection to The Matrix for Shang-Chi as the filming is expected to take place at Fox Studios Australia where the trilogy was shot and they may have added costume designer Kym Barrett that worked on the trilogy.
HN Entertainment has also recently been able to confirm their previous information that visual effects coordinator Chrisopther Townsend (Captain Marvel, Guardians of The Galaxy) will be working on Shang-Chi as well. His involvement would suggest a larger effects aspect than previously thought.
Shang-Chi is said to be potentially screen-testing actors with Chinese heritage this week and there could be a chance of Marvel announcing the actor at San Diego Comic-Con. This would explain why the film is already deep in pre-production.
The comic book action film is without an official release date.
SOURCE: DISCUSSING FILM