Awkwafina Talks Destin Daniel Cretton’s Passionate Vision

Awkwafina is eager to start filming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, mainly due to what she describes as director Destin Daniel Cretton’s “passionate” vision for the new Marvel Studios film.

Back in July, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige officially confirmed Shang-Chi as one of the new films for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While confirming the title, he also confirmed director Destin Daniel Cretton and the casting of Awkwafina in an unidentified lead role.

While promoting her upcoming film Jumanji: The Next Level, Awkwafina addressed her role in Shang-Chi and compared the passion of both Jake Kasdan and Destin Daniel Cretton:

“I mean, the process is, is that for both I met with both [Jumanji: The Next Level director] Jake Kasdan and [Shang-Chi director] Destin [Daniel Daniel Cretton], who was doing Shang-Chi. And I really, I can tell from both of them that they have extremely passionate and clear visions for the stories they want to tell and I think that’s really important for me to come on to a project.”

Awkwafina appears in Jumanji: The Next Level with Karen Gillan, who has a prominent role in the MCU as Nebula.

2019 has been pretty successful for Awkwafina. The actress/comedian appeared in A24’s The Farewell, which received universal acclaim and awards buzz with Awkwafina’s performance among one of the most-praised elements. With her cast in Destin Daniel Cretton’s Shang-Chi as well as her involvement in films such as The Farewell and Crazy Rich Asians, it just goes to show her excitement to work on films that further promote Asian representation on the big screen.

What do you make of Awkwafina’s comments on Destin Daniel Cretton’s passionate vision for  Shang-Chi? Are you excited to see this character brought to life on the big screen? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news on Shang-Chi, Awkwafina, Destin Daniel Cretton and the future of the MCU.

Introduced in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 1973, Shang-Chi is a skilled martial artist who was raised in an isolated compound located in China and trained by his father Fu Manchu, a Chinese crimelord and immortal sorcerer who repeatedly attempted to conquer the world. When Shang-Chi was finally allowed to venture into the outside world to do his father’s bidding, he learned about his father’s evil ways and faked his own death before embarking on a mission to take down Fu Manchu’s criminal empire.

Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton from a script written by David Callaham, Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Leung.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be released in theaters on February 12, 2021.


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