Yesterday, Variety’s Justin Kroll took to Twitter to post a handful of tweets concerning the upcoming casting of Marvel’s next big solo superhero Shang-Chi. Well, it sounds like there might be offers coming up to do some screen tests for the part soon and Kroll points out that Marvel is seemingly only interested in actors that have specifically Chinese backgrounds (not other Asian backgrounds).

Kroll also hints there is a slim chance that a decision could be made by Marvel Studios’ Hall H presentation next Saturday in San Diego.

If true, this likely means that people such as Korean actor like Mike Moh (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood) and Indonesian actor Iko Uwais (The Raid 1-2) wouldn’t even be asked to be in the running.

The character was directly influenced by the legendary action star Bruce Lee’s role in the film Enter The Dragon and just happens to also be known as the “Master of Kung Fu”.

If the Shang-Chi candidates do screen test this week, hypothetically, it’s possible that Marvel might be confident enough to announce the Shang-Chi casting at either Comic-Con or the D23 Expo next month. Given Feige’s previous casting reveals, they might want to make this casting announcement a little more public given the importance of it.

This wouldn’t be the first time that Kevin Feige has surprised audiences with big casting news during Marvel Studios presentations.

While announcing that Captain America: Civil War would be one of the big event films in Phase 3 at the El Capitan Theatre in October 2014, they brought Chadwick Boseman on stage alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans to reveal he’d be playing T’Challa/Black Panther in the film.

At San Diego Comic-Con in 2017, Kevin Feige ended the Marvel presentation by bringing out and announcing Brie Larson as Captain Marvel.

Black Panther was Marvel’s first leading black superhero and Captain Marvel their first leading female superhero. Doing a similar reveal in Hall H for their first leading Asian superhero would be very fitting and would certainly start the buzz for the film which will likely be released in 2021.

Actor Ludi Lin (Black Mirror, Power Rangers, Aquaman), who was recently rumored to be in the mix for the role, spoke to HN not too long ago about potentially playing Shang-Chi.

HN: I know we touched briefly on this last time, but Marvel is making Shang-Chi. That’s going to be the first Asian-led superhero film it’s a pretty big deal. It’s going to be a high-budget comic book movie. Do you have any thoughts on that?

LIN: “It’s a huge deal. Kudos to them for finally making that happen and the courage and daring to take the first step, making something like that. “

“Such a positive force of representation too. “

“It’s quite a while down the road, so I know they’re gearing up for it. But nothing certain, I’m just excited. Whoever gets the role, I already know that I already won because it’ll be a huge step for representation and I’ll know they’ll do a good job on it, whoever gets cast. “

HN: But we want you to get cast though.

LIN: “Of course, I want to be cast, but you never know. So I’m already happy they’re making something like this. And then, if the opportunity comes, what is meant to be is what is meant to be.”

I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Filming on Shang-Chi is said to taking place at Fox Studios Australia in Syndey, New South Wales, Australia. Although, there seems to be some conflicting information if it’ll begin this November or in early 2020 as it’s currently in the pre-production stage with director Destin Daniel Cretton.

HN Entertainment will be attending Comic-Con, so stay tuned for our coverage.


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