Added the adventure movie of Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt Jungle Cruise on the list of upcoming hybrid theatrical and Disney + Premier Access releases, Disney CEO Bob Chapek has confirmed that Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and the Ryan Reynolds-led Free guy will not launch on the streaming service and will instead appear exclusively in cinemas.
As reported by trade, Chapek made the announcement during a Disney investor call, stating that the release dates for Shang-Chi and Free guy (September 3 and August 13, respectively) “get into the middle of a ‘more normalized cycle’ in the exhibition sector”, which is slowly but surely picking up as the world comes out of lockdown.
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Deadline’s report further states that Disney always viewed the simultaneous theatrical / Disney + release format as a temporary measure, and the company is eager to return to the traditional theatrical model as 2021 progresses.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Just mercy) and stars Simu Liu (Kim’s convenience) as Shang-Chi, Tony Leung (Infernal Affairs) as Wenwu, Awkwafina (Crazy rich Asians) as Katy, newcomer Meng’er Zhang as Xialing, Michelle Yeoh (Star Trek: Discovery) as Jiang Nan, Ronny Chieng (Crazy rich Asians) as Jon Jon, Fala Chen (Undo it) as Jiang Li, Florian Munteanu (Creed II) as Razor Fist and Dallas Liu (Pen 15) in a secret role.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is scheduled for release on September 3, 2021.