Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Destin Daniel Cretton To Direct Marvel's First Asian-Led Film 'Shang-Chi'

Destin Daniel Cretton To Direct Marvel's First Asian-Led Film 'Shang-Chi'

But the earlier report did say Shang-Chi was being "fast-tracked" so we might have more in a few months.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Destin Daniel Cretton is Marvel Studios' choice to helm Shang-Chi, moving the film one step closer to finding a star and, eventually, a release date. Dave Callaham is writing the script that will ultimately modernize the Shang-Chi story and character arc.

He worked with Larson once again for 2017's The Glass Castle, and he is now directing the Captain Marvel star and Black Panther's Michael B. Jordan in Just Mercy.


It was announced late a year ago that Marvel Studios was developing a movie based on Marvel Comics' Shang-Chi with Dave Callaham writing the screenplay. His father is the villain Fu Manchu, with his mother, a white American woman who was genetically selected by his father.

It was revealed that Marvel was developing a Shang-Chi film last December, though the company actually announced it would make a film based on the hero back in 2005 - once the MCU began taking shape, it appears Shang-Chi was put on the back-burner. Share your thoughts below! Cretton made the critically-acclaimed film Short Term 12, which starred Captain Marvel herself Brie Larson in her first leading role. Additionally, he is now directing Just Mercy, a biopic about Civil Rights attorney Bryan Stevenson starring Larson and Michael B. Jordan. That field already includes a Black Widow movie, sequels to Black Panther and Doctor Strange, and an Eternals film, and while many of Marvel's ambitions for its future remain in shadow, that's an exciting lineup already. They just connected in a big way with Captain Marvel, and while their official plans beyond Spider-Man: Far From Home are a mystery, it sounds like a Shang-Chi movie is going to be a priority for them.

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