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As reported by Deadline, production on Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is suspended over fears of COVID-19. The suspension affects the first-unit production in Australia, however, does not affect the second unit production which will continue. Director Destin Daniel Cretton is entering self-isolation on doctors’ advice.

Below is a note published by Deadline, supplied to the crew of the upcoming Marvel film:

“As many of you know, Destin, our director, has a new born baby. He wanted to exercise additional caution given the current environment and decided to get tested for Covid-19 today. He is currently self-isolating under the recommendation of his doctor. While he waits for the results of the test, we are suspending 1st unit production in an abundance of caution until he gets the results this coming week. Second unit and off production will continue as normal. We will reach out to everyone by Tuesday for the latest update. This is an unprecedented time. We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we work through this.”

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is scheduled for a Feb. 21, 2021 release and there is no news yet on whether this halt in production will affect this date.

The film stars Simu Liu in the titular role, alongside Awkwafina and Tony Leung. Shang-Chi is the latest superhero to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), in a fourth phase that will also see a group named The Eternals make their first appearance. Dave Callahan penned the script, while Kevin Feige produces. Charles Newirth and Jonathan Schwartz serve as executive producers.

The last week has seen a multitude of films’ release dates — including a slate of Disney films — pushed back several months due to the widespread coronavirus, and now dozens of productions are being suspended too in an effort to contain the virus and protect the filmmakers and their loved ones.

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