It was recently announced that Marvel Studios would be developing a feature film focusing on Asian superhero Shang-Chi with screenwriter Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, Zombieland: Double Tap, The Expendables, ) penning the script. Marvel was reportedly seeking a director of Asian descent to helm the movie and it looks like they may have found someone already.
Deadline now reports that Destin Daniel Cretton is a top contender to direct Shang-Chi. Destin recently worked with Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan in the movie Just Mercy. He also directed Brie Larson in the films Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle and is an accomplished screenwriter himself.
Marvel Studios is setting Destin Daniel Cretton to direct Shang-Chi, its first superhero movie tentpole franchise with an Asian protagonist. Cretton is directing Just Mercy, a film he wrote which stars Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan.
Shang-Chi is one part martial arts action hero and one part spy being linked to MI6 (along with other agencies) and more recently has been given more traditional superpowers and the ability to replicate himself. It’ll be interesting to see how Marvel Studios updates the character for modern times.
Marvel Studios will shoot Cate Shortland’s Black Widow movie next starring Scarlett Johansson with filming starting this June at Pinewood Studios UK. After that, will be Chloe Zhao’s The Eternals which might feature the first openly gay superhero character in the MCU. In 2020, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther 2 and Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange 2 will begin production.
When Shang-Chi is expected to begin filming is a little uncertain at the moment but sounds like a priority and normally they have a draft ready when they go out to directors, so things might be coming together quicker than expected.
Aquaman and Power Rangers actor Ludi Lin has previously mentioned a desire to take the role.