‘Shang-Chi’: 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.

Source: comicbook.com

New ‘Titans’ Photos Show Off Aqualad And The Original Team

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Titans Aqualad 01DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, "Aqualad".

"Aqualad" will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.

These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.

You can check out the rest of the gallery for "Aqualad" by clicking "Next".

Here is the official synopsis for season two:

In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.

Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

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