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COVID-19: Marvel postpones ‘Shang-Chi’ production

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Marvel Studios has suspended production on "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" after director Destin Daniel Cretton was advised by a doctor to go in self-isolation due to coronavirus concerns.

Daniel Cretton, the filmmaker directing the action-adventure feature that is shooting in Australia, has self-isolated on the recommendation of a doctor, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

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Cretton has a newborn baby and decided to get tested for COVID-19.

"In an abundance of caution," according to a note that was sent to the crew, Marvel and parent company Disney have decided to suspend first unit production, "until he gets the result this coming week".

"'Shang-Chi' is not shutting down," said insiders, and second unit and other production aspects will continue to move ahead.

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Australia has 156 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the government. Three people are known to have died from the virus in Australia. "Shang-Chi" isn't the only movie affected by the pandemic. Earlier this week, Warner Bros halted pre-production on its Elvis Presley biopic after star Tom Hanks tested positive for COVID-19.

"Shang-Chi" stars Simu Liu as martial arts master Shang-Chi, with the movie poised to be the first major Hollywood motion picture to star a superhero of Asian descent. Awkwafina and Tony Leung also star. It has a February 12, 2021 release date.

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