HN Entertainment has learned that Marvel Studios’ next film to go into production Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings is going to be shooting scenes outside of its primary production space in Sydney, Australia at Fox Studios Australia.

Today, we’ve been able to confirm that Shang-Chi will spend some of it’s filming in the United States with signs pointing towards Los Angeles, California (after previous suggestions online it would shoot there).

There had been talk of an early November production start, but pre-production doesn’t seem to be where it would need to be for filming to begin next month considering we haven’t heard any casting news since July.

Then again, Simu Liu has posted some pics of himself in Sydney.

Thor: Love and Thunder will also film Fox Studios Australia and a secondary location within the United States.

There had been some talk about filming in Hong Kong, but considering the political landmines associated with filming on the island, I doubt Disney/Marvel shoots there.

Thailand has been mentioned as a secondary filming locale as well (much more likely).

Shang-Chi will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Just Mercy) from a script penned by Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, The Expendables).

The superhero will be the first leading Asian hero in an MCU film making Shang-Chi instantly a potential landmark event for Disney if handled properly. He’s basically an all-around badass action hero from the master of kung fu to playboy spy.

He also eventually developed the ability to duplicate himself, but that remains to be seen if the power-set will be explored in his movies.

Canadian actor Simu Liu will be playing the main hero and was a surprise casting, but a welcomed one after his charismatic appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con and active/entertaining presence on social media.

As the title suggests The Ten Rings will be making their triumphant return to the MCU as Tony Leung (Infernal Affairs, The Grandmaster) will be playing the real version of the Mandarin in the film and many assume will be a surrogate for Shang-Chi’s father Fu Manchu.

Rising star Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians, Jumanji: The Next Level) is also officially on board as the female lead but her character has yet to be confirmed by Marvel.

We previously mentioned that Clive Reston is expected to appear in the film, but I wouldn’t be shocked if many other of Shang-Chi’s cohorts from the solo comics show up as well as a way to build out his budding action franchise.

I wouldn’t be shocked if we saw MCU versions of Denis Nayland Smith, Doctor Petrie, Black Jack Tarr, and Leiko Wu.

It’s been a little quiet casting-wise since that original San Diego Comic-Con announcement but I expect we’ll start hearing learning who else is part of the cast soon enough.

Shang Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings is officially set for release on February 12th, 2021.


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