Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was finally released in theaters this weekend and it's been met with positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, earning a 92% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes after 238 reviews and a 98% audience score after 5,000+ reviews. Folks are loving the action as well as the star-studded cast, which includes Awkwafina as Katy. This week, the actor took to Instagram to praise her stuntwoman, Lee Chesley.
"Thank you everyone who went to see @shangchi , out in theaters now. And here's to badass stunt women everywhere !! ❤️❤️ So happy to work with you again @bgirlmislee," Awkwafina wrote. You can check out her post below:
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More and more Marvel stars have been taking to social media to praise the hard-working stuntpeople. We saw a lot of posts in honor of the stuntwomen who worked on Black Widow after the movie was released this summer, including praise from Florence Pugh (Yelena Belova) and a funny photo from David Harbor (Red Guardian). Loki's Sophia Di Martino (Sylvie) also shared some love for the stuntwomen of the Disney+ series on social media, and we got to see a lot of cool behind-the-scenes photos and videos featuring the stuntmen who worked on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
As for Awkwafina, it was recently revealed that she played a major role in the casting of Simu Liu as Shang-Chi.
"All I knew on that day was that I was a part of finding Shang-Chi," Awkwafina explained to The Hollywood Reporter. "So I just wanted to do just that. I wanted to come in, do my part, not be distracting and let these actors give probably one of the most important auditions of their lives at that point. So I just wanted to blend in and help them showcase what they could do. But I remember testing with Simu that day, and he was nervous. I was nervous, too. I was like, 'I hope I don't get fired in the process of chemistry reading,' but it was apparent that he was Shang-Chi from the jump."
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is now playing in theaters. The rest of Marvel's 2021 line-up includes What If..., which releases new episodes on Disney+ on Wednesdays, Eternals in theatres on November 5th, Hawkeye on Disney+ on November 24th, and Spider-Man: No Way Home in theatres on December 17th.