Star Jessica Henwick reveals she turned down a Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings role to join the cast of The Matrix Resurrections. Henwick joins an ensemble roster of newcomers for the sci-fi action franchise alongside Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Christina Ricci. The Matrix Resurrections will once again be driven by Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss alongside returning franchise stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Daniel Bernhardt and Lambert Wilson.
Henwick’s reveal that she was offered a Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings role marks an interesting development for the Marvel Cinematic Universe film. The 29-year-old actress made her MCU debut with Netflix’s Iron Fist as Colleen Wong and with the release of the new Phase Four movie, many have taken to making comparisons between the two hand to hand fighting heroes and speculating how the film could once again introduce any of the series’ characters following the cancellation of the Netflix shows.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings served as a reintroduction of an individual MCU character, Tim Roth’s Abomination, following his introduction in the oft-forgotten Incredible Hulk movie in 2008, the second overall film in the MCU.
It is disheartening to discover that Henwick was given a final offer by the two studios that she could only audition for one film or the other and was forced to exit from whichever she didn’t choose. Given the actress didn’t inside and out confirm in the interview she was being offered to return as Colleen for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, she might have very much been up for an alternate person as Michelle Yeoh landed her second MCU role in the film as the nominal saint’s auntie and thus leaving the entryway open for Colleen to return elsewhere. Meanwhile, audiences can anticipate seeing Henwick assist with once again introducing the world to the Matrix when The Matrix Resurrections hits theaters and HBO Max on December 22.