Awkwafina cuts a chic figure as she attends Marvel’s Shang-Chi screening wearing tailored suit


She stars in the upcoming movie Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings – the first Marvel film to feature an Asian superhero as the lead character.

And Awkwafina, 33, offered a lesson in red carpet dressing when she attended a screening of the blockbuster in London on Thursday alongside Sandra Oh, 50, who wowed in a sheer polka dot blouse. 

Stepping out in an immaculately tailored outfit, the star teamed a cropped blazer top with a pair of matching trousers.

Cream: Sandra teamed her top with cream trousers

Wow: Awkwafina, 33, offered a lesson in red carpet dressing when she attended a screening of the blockbuster in London on Thursday alongside Sandra Oh, 50, who wowed in a sheer polka dot blouse

Awkwafina wore her long, raven tresses loose and showed off a hint of her toned midriff.

Making her look pop with a swipe of bold red lipstick, the actress otherwise opted for a minimal make-up look.

She walked the carpet rocking an immaculate black and white manicure.

Sandra teamed her sheer blouse with a pair of cream-hued trousers and and wore her glossy hair loose. 

Myleene Klass, 43, looked gorgeous in a show-stopping green frock and added height to her frame in brilliant gold heels. The mother-of-three was joined by her daughters Hero and Ava on the carpet. 

Immaculate: Stepping out in an immaculately tailored outfit, the star teamed a cropped blazer top with a pair of matching trousers

Immaculate: Stepping out in an immaculately tailored outfit, the star teamed a cropped blazer top with a pair of matching trousers

Also stepping out towards the end of the week was Romanian actor Florian Munteanu, who plays Razor Fist in the film.

Florian cut a dapper figure in a checked suit and draped the Romanian flag around his shoulders. 

Benedict Wong was also in attendance, who plays Wong. Wong was first featured in 2016’s Doctor Strange, before returning in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.

Actress Fala Chen posed for photographs alongside the film’s director Destin Daniel Cretton.

Fala, who plays Jiang Li, looked sensational in a sleeveless white gown. 

Hair down: Sandra teamed her sheer blouse with a pair of cream-hued trousers and and wore her glossy hair loose

Hair down: Sandra teamed her sheer blouse with a pair of cream-hued trousers and and wore her glossy hair loose

Show-stopping: Myleene Klass, 43, looked gorgeous in a show-stopping green frock and added height to her frame in brilliant gold heels

Beamed: Myleene beamed while posing for photos

Show-stopping: Myleene Klass, 43, looked gorgeous in a show-stopping green frock and added height to her frame in brilliant gold heels

Sweet: The mother-of-three was joined by her daughters Hero and Ava on the carpet

Sweet: The mother-of-three was joined by her daughters Hero and Ava on the carpet

They were joined on the carpet by Simu Liu who plays the film’s lead, Shang-Chi and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon actress Michelle Yeoh, who plays Ying Nan in the Marvel flick.

It comes after Awkwafina said she is ‘so proud’ to be a part of a movie that is making a difference to audience members from her community as she covered Cosmopolitan‘s September issue.

Speaking about her new role as Katy in the new Marvel standalone, she said: ‘These movies make me so proud, just as a watcher, because they contribute to visibility, which I do think has real-life effects.’

Dapper: Also stepping out towards the end of the week was Romanian actor Florian Munteanu, who plays Razor Fist in the film

Suit: Florian wore a sharp suit

Dapper: Also stepping out towards the end of the week was Romanian actor Florian Munteanu, who plays Razor Fist in the film

In attendance: Benedict Wong was also in attendance. The actor plays Wong in the blockbuster and has also starred in Doctor Strange

In attendance: Benedict Wong was also in attendance. The actor plays Wong in the blockbuster and has also starred in Doctor Strange

Posing: Actress Fala Chen posed for photographs alongside the film's director Destin Daniel Cretton

Best angles: The stars worked their best angles

Posing: Actress Fala Chen posed for photographs alongside the film’s director Destin Daniel Cretton

Red lip: Fala was sporting a bold swipe of red lipstick

Red lip: Fala was sporting a bold swipe of red lipstick 

Director: Director Destin posed for photographs with his hands tucked into his pockets and rocked a box-fresh pair of trainers

Director: Director Destin posed for photographs with his hands tucked into his pockets and rocked a box-fresh pair of trainers

Sensational: Fala, who plays Jiang Li, looked sensational in a sleeveless white gown teamed with chic black heels

Wow: The star wore an impressive necklace

Sensational: Fala, who plays Jiang Li, looked sensational in a sleeveless white gown teamed with chic black heels

Star of the show: They were joined on the carpet by Simu Liu who plays the film's lead, Shang-Chi, and wore a crisp, maroon-hued suit

Star of the show: They were joined on the carpet by Simu Liu who plays the film’s lead, Shang-Chi, and wore a crisp, maroon-hued suit

Playful: Simu and Fala put on a playful display

Playful: Simu and Fala put on a playful display

‘When the AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) community is seen as not ancillary characters, it’s almost like, then people will know that we’re here, you know?’

Awkwafina, or Nora Lum as she was born, is excited to be in an action-packed film after featuring in the 2018 rom-com Crazy Rich Asians and 2019’s drama The Farewell.

‘Dangling off of things and flying, falling backward…it’s really different from, say, an indie rom-com. It’s really cool. It’s so weird to switch from ”friend mode.”

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings features an almost entirely Asian cast – a feat that would have been welcome when she was ‘growing up’.

Group photo: The Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings stars posed for a group photo

Group photo: The Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings stars posed for a group photo

Close: The cast and crew showcased their close bond for cameras

Close: The cast and crew showcased their close bond for cameras 

Classic: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon actress Michelle Yeoh cut a classic silhouette in a crisp white shirt

Classic: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon actress Michelle Yeoh cut a classic silhouette in a crisp white shirt

Delighted: Michelle and Fala looked delighted while posing for snaps ahead of the screening

Delighted: Michelle and Fala looked delighted while posing for snaps ahead of the screening

Co-writers: Destin (right) directs from a script he co-wrote with Dave Callaham (The Expendables) and Andrew Lanham (Just Mercy)

Co-writers: Destin (right) directs from a script he co-wrote with Dave Callaham (The Expendables) and Andrew Lanham (Just Mercy)

Having fun: The cast had fun together before settling down to watch their blockbuster flick

Having fun: The cast had fun together before settling down to watch their blockbuster flick

Happy family: The cast and crew proved they are one big happy family

Happy family: The cast and crew proved they are one big happy family 

All black: Actress Daniela Norman turned heads in a plunging black gown

Striking: The star looked striking

All black: Actress Daniela Norman turned heads in a plunging black gown 

Night out: It's A Sin star Nathaniel Curtis also stepped out for the screening on Thursday

Night out: It’s A Sin star Nathaniel Curtis also stepped out for the screening on Thursday 

‘When I was growing up, I knew how I was socioeconomically classified. I knew that my grandma was a working-class immigrant and my dad was a single dad. I knew that I would have to get through in my own way.’

The star added: ‘That taught me a lot of lessons, like you really have to humble yourself, doing waitress jobs and applying to really hip stores and not getting the job and feeling like, What is even out there? You have to really hit a kind of rock bottom to really want it, to fight for it.’

However, the film is not out of the woods yet. Marvel has come under fire for attempting to use Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings to ‘fix’ its ‘Asian problem’.

The Guardian wrote: ‘And now Marvel has ‘fixed’ its ‘Asian problem’ by announcing Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ after a series of ‘problematic’ casting choices in their previous movies.

Loved-up: Nicola Adams and her girlfriend Ella Baig put on a loved-up display when they walked the carpet

Pink: Nicola caught the eye in a pink suit

Loved-up: Nicola Adams and her girlfriend Ella Baig put on a loved-up display when they walked the carpet

In her element: Nicola was in her element as she enjoyed a night on the town

In her element: Nicola was in her element as she enjoyed a night on the town

Glamorous: Courtney Green arrived looking typically glamourous

Glamorous: Courtney Green arrived looking typically glamourous 

Cool-casual: Keith Lemon nailed cool casual

Cool-casual: Keith Lemon nailed cool casual

Proud: Awkwafina has said she is 'so proud' to be a part of a movie that is making a difference to audience members from her community

Proud: Awkwafina has said she is ‘so proud’ to be a part of a movie that is making a difference to audience members from her community

‘Keen to avoid a backlash when depicting the traditionally stereotyped Mandarin supervillain in Iron Man 3, the studio cleverly cast part-south Asian actor Ben Kingsley as a drunken English luvvie, Trevor Slattery, who was only ever playing the role of Tony Stark’s evil nemesis. The only problem was that this was another role not going to an actor of east Asian extraction.’

Ben Child added: ‘Iron Fist fell into the problematic ‘white saviour’ trap by casting Finn Jones as kung-fu-kicking New York rich kid Danny Rand, a stereotypical white guy who beats the Asian martial arts experts at their own game.’

The cast also includes Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan plus returning Marvel Cinematic Universe characters Wong (Benedict Wong) and Abomination (Tim Roth).

Under fire: Marvel has come under fire for attempting to use Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings to 'fix' its 'Asian problem'. Pictured: Simu Liu as Shang-Chi on set

Under fire: Marvel has come under fire for attempting to use Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings to ‘fix’ its ‘Asian problem’. Pictured: Simu Liu as Shang-Chi on set



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