Maui-born Destin Cretton just wrapped production on Marvel Studios’ next film, Shang Chi. It stars Simu Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, and Tony Leung. This will mark the first film in the Marvel MCU that will be led by an Asian Actor. Prior to this, Destin directed Just Mercy for Warner Bros, which was the adaptation of the NY-Times best-selling memoir written by and based on the life of American lawyer, social justice activist, and founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson. It starred Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson. Destin’s feature film debut, “I Am Not a Hipster”, premiered at Sundance in 2012. This was followed by the feature-length adaptation of his award-winning short film, Short Term 12, which won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival in 2013. It features early performances by Brie Larson (Room, Captain Marvel), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out, Atlanta), Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody, Mr. Robot), Kaitlyn Dever (Detroit), and John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom). His third feature, an adaptation of the NY Times best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle, starred Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts and was released in 2017 by Lionsgate.
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