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Bond 25: Lashana Lynch Reportedly Playing Female 007 Agent

In Bond 25, the next installment in the long-running James Bond franchise, Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch will reportedly be assuming 007’s license to kill. However while Lynch’s character will hold the 007 agent number, she’s not playing the character of James Bond himself. That role remains with Daniel Craig, who’s played the iconic British secret agent in the most recent four Bond films.

When Craig announced that he’d be hanging up his Walther PPK after Bond 25, speculation began swirling around what kind of person might be next tapped to step into the role and continue the venerable series. It’s been wondered about since even before the announcement of his impending retirement, especially the question of if the next actor to take over leading the franchise would be a woman rather than a man, or be a non-white performer.

Related: Bond 25 Theory: Lashana Lynch Is Playing The NEW 007 Replacement

A Bond 25 production insider reportedly told UK’s The Daily Mail that the film opens with Craig’s Bond retired, while back at the MI6 offices, agency director M welcomes 007 into her office, and Lynch enters the room in response. The insider commented that, “Bond, of course, is sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks, but is baffled when they don’t work on a brilliant, young black woman who basically rolls her eyes at him and has no interest in jumping into his bed. Well, certainly not at the beginning.

It’s unclear how much Lynch’s character of Nomi is as it was in the original version of the Bond 25 script, as BBC’s creator and star of Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, at the request of Craig himself, was brought in as a script doctor to help do a polish as well as to make sure that the franchise evolves with the times. When asked during a previous interview if Bond was still a relevant character in the modern 21st century era, Waller-Bridge said, “I think he’s absolutely relevant now. [The franchise] has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to his character.

It seems that Bond 25 is striving to find its balance between the classic Bond stories and villains, as we’ve seen with the news of the character of Blofeld returning to the big screen, and more contemporary gender perspectives. The insider commented that within the Bond production offices, the term Bond Girls is no longer being used, but rather Bond Women. It’ll be a classic Bond, finding his way through a world with women fighting alongside him rather than hiding behind him.

More: Bond 25 Reportedly Halts Production Due To Daniel Craig Injury

Source: The Daily Mail


2019-07-14 01:07:45

Bill Watters

Bond 25: Lashana Lynch Reportedly Playing Female 007 Agent

In Bond 25, the next installment in the long-running James Bond franchise, Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch will reportedly be assuming 007’s license to kill. However while Lynch’s character will hold the 007 agent number, she’s not playing the character of James Bond himself. That role remains with Daniel Craig, who’s played the iconic British secret agent in the most recent four Bond films.

When Craig announced that he’d be hanging up his Walther PPK after Bond 25, speculation began swirling around what kind of person might be next tapped to step into the role and continue the venerable series. It’s been wondered about since even before the announcement of his impending retirement, especially the question of if the next actor to take over leading the franchise would be a woman rather than a man, or be a non-white performer.

Related: Bond 25 Theory: Lashana Lynch Is Playing The NEW 007 Replacement

A Bond 25 production insider reportedly told UK’s The Daily Mail that the film opens with Craig’s Bond retired, while back at the MI6 offices, agency director M welcomes 007 into her office, and Lynch enters the room in response. The insider commented that, “Bond, of course, is sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks, but is baffled when they don’t work on a brilliant, young black woman who basically rolls her eyes at him and has no interest in jumping into his bed. Well, certainly not at the beginning.

It’s unclear how much Lynch’s character of Nomi is as it was in the original version of the Bond 25 script, as BBC’s creator and star of Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, at the request of Craig himself, was brought in as a script doctor to help do a polish as well as to make sure that the franchise evolves with the times. When asked during a previous interview if Bond was still a relevant character in the modern 21st century era, Waller-Bridge said, “I think he’s absolutely relevant now. [The franchise] has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to his character.

It seems that Bond 25 is striving to find its balance between the classic Bond stories and villains, as we’ve seen with the news of the character of Blofeld returning to the big screen, and more contemporary gender perspectives. The insider commented that within the Bond production offices, the term Bond Girls is no longer being used, but rather Bond Women. It’ll be a classic Bond, finding his way through a world with women fighting alongside him rather than hiding behind him.

More: Bond 25 Reportedly Halts Production Due To Daniel Craig Injury

Source: The Daily Mail


2019-07-14 01:07:45

Bill Watters

Marvel’s The Eternals Has Reportedly Cast Millie Bobby Brown

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown may have secretly booked a role in Marvel Studios’ Phase 4 movie The Eternals. Now that Spider-Man: Far From Home is out in theaters, Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is officially over. Audiences around the world may still be checking out the latest solo outing for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, but Marvel Studios is hard at work on what will come next. That includes the first several weeks of production on Black Widow, as well as gearing up for The Eternals‘ production this fall.

The new potential franchise is based on the ancient, cosmic, and superpowered race of the same name created by Jack Kirby, with Chloe Zhao tapped to direct the movie. In the months since she was hired, Marvel has been doing a stellar job at adding recognizable names to an otherwise unknown property. Angelina Jolie and Richard Madden are currently (unofficially) set to lead the ensemble cast of The Eternals, and now it appears Eleven is joining them and recent addition Salma Hayek.

Related: MCU Theory: The Eternals Are Created By The Infinity Stones

News of Millie Bobby Brown potentially joining the cast of The Eternals comes from a recent article by Variety detailing what Marvel Studios could announce during their San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel. Included in their rundown of the reported cast members, they included the Stranger Things star among Jolie, Madden, and Kumail Nanjiani. This piece of casting is still not confirmed, and has yet to be reiterated by another reputable source, so take this with a grain of salt for the time being.

If Brown is joining the cast of The Eternals, it’s a move that many have been waiting to see. Ever since she visited the set of Avengers: Infinity War and shared some time with Anthony and Joe Russo, fans have hoped that Brown would join the MCU sooner rather than later. While there are no details on who she could play if she’s part of The Eternals cast, we’ve long had her pegged as the perfect fit for the character of Piper.

The timing of such a potential announcement couldn’t come at a better time, as season 3 of Stranger Things received great critical acclaim and Brown’s performance there (and in Godzilla: King of the Monsters earlier this year) further proved her ability as an actress. If her deal with The Eternals goes through, then it’ll likely be the next project she does following the filming of Enola Holmes this summer. This would, of course, mean that production on season 4 of Stranger Things couldn’t begin until late 2019 at the earliest. Either way, between Stranger ThingsEnola Holmes, a role in Godzilla vs Kong, and a possible role in The Eternals, there will be no shortage of Millie Bobby Brown on the big and small screens for the next few years.

MORE: Marvel’s Eternals Movie Is A Perfect Chance To Explore Thanos’ Past

Source: Variety


2019-07-10 05:07:15

Cooper Hood

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Reportedly Getting SDCC Panel

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will reportedly have a panel during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Lucasfilm always has a presence at the premier pop culture convention, but in their Disney era, the only film to take over Hall H was 2015’s The Force Awakens. Back then, director J.J. Abrams and the cast were on hand to help usher fans into a new era for the galaxy far, far away and then surprise them with a concert performed by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. The other modern Star Wars movies were promoted at different summertime events like Celebration Europe 2016 and the 2017 D23 Expo.

As fate would have it, Abrams returned to Star Wars to helm Episode IX, which concludes the sequel trilogy and the entire Skywalker saga. In many ways, it represents the end of an era before Lucasfilm looks ahead to new horizons like the film series being developed by Rian Johnson and David Benioff & D.B. Weiss. Perhaps it’s fitting the slate that began with Abrams four years ago ends with him definitively closing the book. And in an instance of things coming full circle, it looks like Abrams and company will be returning to Comic-Con.

Related: George Lucas May Have Already Retconned Palpatine’s Death

According to Making Star WarsThe Rise of Skywalker will have a panel during Comic-Con 2019, which takes place July 18 – 21. Screen Rant contacted Disney for comment and will update this space accordingly.

No official details have been revealed yet, but this wouldn’t be surprising if it proved to be true. Celebration Chicago (where the first Episode IX trailer debuted) took place earlier this month, and D23 2019 (where The Mandalorian will allegedly be featured) isn’t until August. While there will be several other major Hollywood properties vying for attention during Comic-Con, that week is still a golden opportunity for Lucasfilm to continue their Rise of Skywalker marketing campaign. In keeping with their previous practices, it wouldn’t be surprising if the studio showed a behind-the-scenes sizzle reel exploring the making of Episode IX during the panel. It’s not a coincidence ones for Force Awakens and Last Jedi came out in July of their respective years of release.

One thing fans should not expect to see, however, is announcements about future films. Lucasfilm is putting the Star Wars movies on hiatus for a couple of years after The Rise of Skywalker as they iron out what they want to do next. With the next wave of films so far off, it seems highly unlikely they’ll even be mentioned during this particular Comic-Con panel (especially since there will be another Star Wars Celebration come 2020). The focus here is going to be on the present, hyping up Episode IX before its premiere in theaters this December. And since so much of the film remains under wraps right now, hopefully there are some fun reveals in store.

More: Star Wars Already Made Rey A True Skywalker (You Just Missed It)

Source: Making Star Wars


2019-04-22 08:04:03

Chris Agar

Swamp Thing Reportedly Shuts Down Production Early, Cutting Season 1 Short [Updated]

DC Universe’s live-action Swamp Thing TV show shuts down production early, cutting off season 1 at 10 episodes instead of the previously ordered 13. Prior to the launch of DC Universe last fall, Swamp Thing was put into development as one of the streaming service’s original series. It joined a slate of live-action TV shows created for DC Universe that also includes Titans and Doom Patrol as well as the still upcoming Stargirl. Swamp Thing adapts a DC Comics property to live-action for a dramatic take on the titular character created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson.

The Swamp Thing TV show started filming in late 2018 and was expected to wrap in May. Len Wiseman directed the Swamp Thing pilot and remained on board the series as an executive producer, alongside fellow producers James Wan (Aquaman), Gary Dauberman (The Nun) and Michael Clear (The Curse of La Llorona). Mark Verheiden (Daredevil, Constantine) serves as the series’ showrunner. Swamp Thing stars Andy Bean as Alec Holland and Derek Mears as Swamp Thing along with Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane. However, it appears the first season of Swamp Thing will be shorter than previously expected.

Related: All the DC Movies and TV Shows Streaming on DC Universe

Local North Carolina newspaper Wilmington Star News reports production on Swamp Thing season 1 was shut down before it was previously expected, with the season order being reduced from 13 episodes to 10. According to the report, local crew members were told the series will wrap production on episode 10 before stopping to allow the writers time to rewrite the ending. Further, several days of reshoots are expected to still take place. Screen Rant has reached out to DC Universe for comment. UPDATE: The Wrap reports the change in episode count was due to “creative decisions” according to a source with knowledge of the production.

The news of Swamp Thing production shutting down was seemingly confirmed by actress Virginia Madsen – who plays Maria Sunderland on the series – on Instagram Wednesday morning, who wrote, “I’m beyond sad. What a terrible decision. We have been cut to the core by those who have never set foot into the Swamp. And despite the rule I am going to use the hashtag. #swampthing.” The post was deleted shortly after. See a screenshot below.

As of now, it’s unclear why Swamp Thing production shut down. Wilmington Star News purports it’s part of a larger issue as the DC Universe streaming service evaluates its future, but that seems to be largely speculation – either from the publication itself or its sources close to the Swamp Thing production. As of recently, DC Universe appeared to have plenty of confidence in Swamp Thing, announcing the season 1 premiere date as May 31 at WonderCon 2019.

Further, it’s uncertain what will become of Swamp Thing now that DC Universe has cut down the show’s first season order by three episodes. It’s not a good sign, to be sure, and may spell the end of the series before it even begins. However, it may be the case that Swamp Thing will receive further episodes in a second season. After all, Titans season 1 turned its original finale into the season 2 premiere, so perhaps Swamp Thing will have a chance to tell the rest of the story the show’s creatives originally intended in future episodes. For now, fans will have to wait and see what becomes of Swamp Thing, and they’ll get to see the show for themselves when it launches late next month.

More: DC Needs More Stories Like Shazam – And Less Like Titans

Swamp Thing season 1 premieres Friday May 31st on DC Universe.

Source: Wilmington Star News

Update Source: The Wrap


2019-04-17 09:04:20

Molly Freeman

DC Universe Reportedly Not in Danger Despite Swamp Thing Shutdown

The future of DC Universe still appears to be bright, despite reports that Swamp Thing‘s sudden shutdown was part of a larger revaluation of the digital service. Warner Bros. and DC launched DC Universe last year with the goal of the service to be a one stop shop for all things DC. Digital versions of comics can be found on it, along with a back catalog of older live-action and animated content, but one of the major selling points of DC Universe was the original content it would include.

The first of these series was Titans, which was later followed by a semi-spinoff series in Doom Patrol. DC Universe also became the home of the revival of Young Justice and has several shows – both animated and live-action – currently in various stages of development and production. One of these shows is a live-action Swamp Thing series produced by Aquaman‘s James Wan. There’s been plenty of interest in the series, but trouble recently hit when it was revealed that the episode order had been reduced from 13 to 10. Production came to a halt to allow the ending of the season to be rewritten, but then speculation turned to this having negative implications on the future of DC Universe as a whole.

Related: Doom Patrol Is A Hit – But It Can’t Beat Titans’ Popularity

Following these dour reports on DC Universe’s future and others that cited “creative decisions” being the reasoning behind Swamp Thing‘s episode count change, Slash Film is providing an update of their own. They report that the trouble with Swamp Thing does “not reflect the health of the DC Universe service,” indicating this is a one time instance and not part of a larger problem with the service. Additionally, their sources say that DC Universe is “outpacing expectations” in the six months since it launched.

Despite how the Swamp Thing news originally came across, it isn’t too surprising to hear that DC Universe is not in trouble overall. The service is still airing new episodes of Doom Patrol, may be in production on season 2 of Titans, and has announced an entire slate of content that will arrive on a weekly basis for the remainder of the year. The service has also been making larger improvements to what it offers after an expanded comic library was revealed, and they just announced that the app is now available on Xbox One. This would be a lot of work to do for Warner Bros. and DC if they planned on shutting the service down anytime soon and after a fairly short launch window.

That said, this doesn’t mean that changes to DC Universe and its content aren’t on the way. WarnerMedia is currently in the process of developing a streaming service of their own, which will see content from HBO, New Line, WB, and more all be made available at one place. With the streaming wars in full swing, it may better suit WarnerMedia to consolidate their services into one offering, instead of having HBO Go, DC Universe, and the new streamer all going simultaneously and selling separately. That’s just speculation for now though, so expect DC Universe to continue to remain intact for the next few months at the very least, even if Swamp Thing is potentially short lived.

MORE: DC Needs More Stories Like Shazam – And Not Titans

Source: Slash Film


2019-04-17 05:04:58

Cooper Hood

Lord Of The Rings TV Show Reportedly Starts Filming In Scotland This August

Filming for the new Lord of the Rings TV show may be happening this year and could take place in Scotland. Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s much-loved trilogy of books, it is anticipated that filming could commence as early as August 2019, with Leith being the possible new home for the expensive new series.

The series is being made by streaming giants Amazon and, with its $1 billion budget, is being touted as the biggest budget series in TV history. The Lord of the Rings TV show was first reported in late 2017, with the series eventually landing at Amazon. Since then, news has been slim on production, but it appears filming could begin as soon as this summer.

Related: What To Expect From Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV Show

The Daily Record reports that the proposed site for this project has already delivered on production for blockbuster hit Avengers: Infinity War last year, and so it is envisaged that this could add another string to the bow of the Scottish TV and film industry. It will also help to alleviate concerns that Scotland is missing out on such ventures due to lack of studio space. While this will be a welcome boost to the industry, this isn’t completely new to Scotland, where filming and production has taken place for the Netflix historical drama, Outlaw King, and which houses the production of Outlander at Ward Park Studios in Cumbernauld.

While it’s not yet clear what the focus of the series will be, Amazon executives hinted that, though it will not be a remake of the books or films, it will contain characters that fans are familiar with and whose journeys they will be keen to explore. Some fans have speculated that Aragorn will be the main player here, though a map revealed by the show’s official social media confirms it will be set in the Second Age, 3000 years before the movies. Fans can also rest assured that with help from the Tolkien Estate and Trust, the heritage of such a canonical text will be respected. But it will be at least 2021 until this will be revealed, when the Lord of the Rings TV show is likely to air.

For now though, Amazon is refusing to comment and so it is a waiting game for those eager to know if such a production will grace the new Scottish studios. Scotland has already proved that it can deliver and is anxious to become a major player when it comes to filming and production. The UK has seen a resurgence in recent years when it comes to producing high-end TV drama, with studios like Bad Wolf springing up in Wales, producing shows such as A Discovery of Witches and the upcoming His Dark Materials starring Lin-Manuel Miranda. Filming of the Lord of the Rings series in Scotland would be a triumph not just for Scotland, but for the UK TV and film industry in general.

MORE: Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings Has Hidden A Secret Message In Plain Sight

Source: The Daily Record


2019-04-15 10:04:27

Melanie Smith

Bond 25 Reportedly Brings In Phoebe Waller-Bridge to Punch Up Script

Bond 25 is reportedly bringing in Phoebe Waller-Bridge to punch up the script. The latest entry in the 007 series is set for an April 2020 release date, with a recent report revealing that some filming on the as-of-yet titled latest Bond film took place in Norway at the start of this month.

The road to production has been a long one for Bond 25, with numerous headaches cropping up before Daniel Craig had even agreed to return as James Bond. No sooner had the uncertainty regarding Craig’s return quieted down, however, that Bond 25 lost director Danny Boyle. Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga eventually replaced Boyle and everything now seems to be back on track. Of course, it’s no easy task getting all the right elements together on any film production, but when it comes to James Bond, the sheer enormity of the franchise and the degree of expectation from fans and critics alike seems to make everything that much more challenging.

Related: James Bond Producers Want Scottish Actor As Next 007

The latest indication that Bond 25 still needs a little boost in getting off the ground comes to us courtesy of The Guardian. A new report indicates that Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator of the stage play and TV series Fleabag, as well as the voice of L3-37 in last year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, has been asked to “liven up” the current Bond 25 script. What’s more, this request apparently comes at the behest of Craig.

To date there has been no confirmation that Waller-Bridge is, in fact, getting to work on the script, but sources close to the film have said that Waller-Bridge and Craig met in New York while Waller-Bridge completed her off-Broadway run of Fleabag. As a fan of Fleabag and the work of Waller-Bridge, Craig is reportedly looking to inject a little more humor and edge into the script and Waller-Bridge seems to be just the person to do it. Should Waller-Bridge be confirmed as the next writer to polish the current script, she will become only the second woman in the illustrious franchise’s existence to work on a James Bond script. The only other woman to hold that honor is Johanna Harwood, who worked on the very first two films in the Bond franchise, 1962’s Dr. No and its 1963 follow-up, From Russia With Love.

There’s no need at this point for Bond fans to be concerned over the state of the upcoming film’s script or the production itself. Many films undergo somewhat last minute polishing or re-writes and turn out absolutely fine. In this case in particular, Waller-Bridge’s work on Fleabag has served to highlight her substantial talent and gift for drawing out the subtleties in human interaction and the impact those interactions can have as a result. With Bond becoming more aware of himself and the people around him in recent films, Waller-Bridge is definitely someone who can remove any stuffy, wooden characteristics that the script may have, ultimately lending it a more realistic and human quality – something that should suit Bond 25 very well indeed.

Related: The 6 Best James Bond Villains (And The 5 Worst)

Source: The Guardian


2019-04-14 05:04:04

Mike Jones

Warner Bros. Reportedly Worried Johnny Depp Drama Will Hurt Fantastic Beasts 3

Recent reports suggest that Warner Bros. is worried that Johnny Depp’s ongoing drama with his ex-wife Amber Heard hurting Fantastic Beasts 3. A couple years ago, Depp came under fire after Heard accused the actor of being physically abusive to her during their time together. The decision to have Depp return for last year’s sequel to Fantastic Beasts was met with controversy, but director David Yates spoke out in defense of the casting. Production on the third entry was to begin this summer, but was delayed till later this fall.

The Harry Potter spinoff series launched in 2016 and was originally planned to be a trilogy, but was extended to a five-film series after J.K. Rowling determined more movies would benefit the story. Depp stars in the series as the powerful dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. Depp has confirmed that he’ll return for Fantastic Beasts 3, but the controversy surrounding him could affect the film moving forward. Earlier this year, Depp filed a lawsuit against Heard over the abuse allegations, and he’s denied all of Heard’s claims. Despite that, high-level executives at Warner Bros. are reportedly concerned that Depp’s involvement with Fantastic Beasts could send the wrong message.

Related: J.K. Rowling Promises Fantastic Beasts 3 Will Answer Questions

Per Page Six, Warner Bros. is reportedly worried that Depp’s drama could effect Fantastic Beasts 3. The report continues by mentioning that if Warner Bros. continues to stick by Depp, it could say a lot about the company’s values. Many high-level female executives are worried about working with Depp, and how it’ll effect the morale of female employees at the studio. This comes just after Heard’s recent court documents described in vivid detail how Depp allegedly beat, choked and tormented her. Adding to that, many at Warner Bros. feel Rowling’s public support of Depp has boxed them into a corner, as they continue to wonder how to deal with Depp’s role in the Fantastic Beasts series.

With Warner Bros. fresh off Kevin Tsujihara stepping down as chairman and CEO after his involvement in a sexual misconduct scandal went public, Depp’s continued association with the studio could lead to further backlash on not only Depp but the studio as well. According to actor Dan Fogler, the decision to change production around for Fantastic Beasts 3 was due to the film being larger in scale compared to the previous entries. More time was needed to prep and to avoid rushing the project, but there could be more to it than that. With Depp’s involvement casting a dark cloud on the movie, perhaps this time prior to production will be used to decide whether or not to replace the veteran actor. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald had enough controversy surrounding it due to its poor reception and overstuffed storyline, but Depp’s casting as Grindelwald also didn’t sit well with many moviegoers.

How Warner Bros. chooses to handle the situation remains to be seen, but Fantastic Beasts 3 isn’t expected to release till sometime next year. That gives the studio enough time to sort out any issues they may have with Depp, and replace him if necessary. Of course, losing Depp would still be a huge loss if the studio doesn’t have a suitable replacement to fill his role as Grindelwald. With Fantastic Beasts 3 set to begin production later this year, fans should expect more updates as the fall nears.

More: Fantastic Beasts 3 Theory: How Dumbledore Breaks The Blood Pact

Source: Page Six


2019-04-13 01:04:26

Eric Trigg

Marvel’s Shang-Chi Reportedly Filming in Australia

The Shang-Chi movie may be further along in development than anyone realized, as there is evidence to suggest that the film is gearing up to be produced in Australia.

Shang-Chi is a martial arts hero who debuted in the ’70s in the pages of Master of Kung Fu, as Marvel had failed to acquire the rights to the Kung-Fu television series and decided to create their own similar property. Shang-Chi has made sporadic appearances over the years and even managed to acquire superpowers after being exposed to cosmic radiation, which allowed him to create copies of himself. A Shang-Chi movie is currently in the early stages of development.

Related: Iron Fist May Setup Shang-Chi As Marvel’s Next Netflix Hero

It’s possible that Shang-Chi has its filming location locked down, as it has been revealed that a Marvel movie project is reportedly being filmed in Sydney’s Fox Studios, and evidence points to it being Shang-Chi. According to The Sydney Morning HeraldAustralian Federal Arts Minister Mitch Fifield has confirmed that an unnamed Marvel movie is being filmed in the country and that it will be receiving a one-off payment of $24 million in tax incentives. He said:

“Securing this latest production will bring over $150 million of new international investment, create 4700 new Australian jobs and use the services of around 1200 local businesses.”

The State Arts Minister Don Harwin mentioned that the production would be receiving support from the Made in NSW Fund (NSW standing for New South Wales), and it’s his comments about the need for stunt performers that suggests that the production is linked to Shang-Chi. He said, “The film needs a large workforce of highly specialised special effects technicians and will also require sophisticated stunts, all of which NSW’s incredibly skilled and experienced screen industry can deliver.”

The Shang-Chi movie currently has Destin Daniel Cretton tapped for the director seat, but there is still no word on who will be playing the title role. There is still no information known about the story of Shang-Chi, but the character is obscure enough that Marvel might attempt to make him an Australian native, as Australia has more people of Chinese ancestry than any other country outside of Asia.

Marvel has previously attempted to create a martial arts-themed project with the Iron Fist Netflix TV series, which received a polarizing reception from fans. Shang-Chi seems like a strange choice to make a movie about, as he has been treated like a Bruce Lee clone in many of his appearances, but the characters in Guardians of the Galaxy was just as obscure before their film debut and Marvel has proven that they can work magic with the strangest corners of the comic book universe.

More: The Original Marvel Studios Plan Would Have Led To A Very Different Infinity War

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald


2019-04-06 03:04:08

Scott Baird