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Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings will star Tony Leung as Wenwu, aka The Mandarin, the father of Shang-Chi (Simi Liu). Speaking with Empire, Shang-Chi co-writer Dave Callaham said this version of the character would be more than it looks.
Our version of the character is not Mandarin the way people expect him to be. Mandarin is a title that has been applied to it in the past by people who do not understand its culture. But he’s a much deeper character than I think a lot of people might expect.
As the original comic book version of The Mandarin can be seen as some kind of racist caricature, it was important to Shang-Chi Destin director Daniel Cretton to keep that in mind when developing this new version of the character. ” For me, this was the part of the Shang-Chi comics that I personally really connected with, Said Cretton. « It was really important for us to find the root of this anger and this pain. That was the goal from the start, and the number one fear of all of us was probably to create a Mandarin who further contributed to the kind of “yellow peril” stereotypes that still circulate. »
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Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, a skilled martial artist who was trained at a young age to be an assassin by his father Wenwu, only to move on to live a normal life in San Francisco. However, he must face the past he thought he left behind when he returned to the network of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. In addition to Simu Liu, Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings also stars Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Katy, Shang-Chi’s friend, and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan. Destiny Daniel Cretton directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Andrew Lanham and David Callaham. Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings will be released in theaters on September 3, 2021.