A new report from our pals at MCUCosmic has seemingly got ahold of a casting call for Marvel’s Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings that might reveal the secondary villains/henchmen in the action film.
Those villains are said to include baddies such as Ghostmaker, Razor-Fist, and a new character named Steel-Claw (seemingly not from the comics).
Steel-Claw is mentioned as a potential version of the villain Tiger-Claw.
Another option might be Shonin Ikeda aka Steel from the obscure Marvel UK comic book Dragon’s Claw. Given that we suspect Shang-Chi will be an opportunity to pull Asian characters from multiple corners of the Marvel universe.
An audition video (3 days old) spotted by FullCircleCinema, helps support that Steel-Claw is being cast for the film.
The actor in question is Te Kohe Tuhaka (6 Days, The Dead Lands) from New Zealand, who most recently worked on Dylan O’Brien’s Monster Problems (also shot in Australia).
It’s interesting that they would be casting a Maori actor for the role.
Check out the video below.
Te Kohe Tuhaka played the main antagonist Wirepa in hyper-violent Maori brawler flick The Dead Lands from director Toa Fraser (has directed episodes of Marvel Television shows like Daredevil and Iron Fist).
HN Entertainment recently confirmed the film’s working title during production will be Steamboat, a possible homage to professional wrestler Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat.
This could help support another tidbit that MCUCosmic threw in their report that it’s rumored that a Bloodsport-type tournament could be involved with the film’s plot.
This may sound like a lot of villains, but a big rumor is that the movie may involve a Bloodsport-style underground fight tournament and that’s where Shang-Chi could face off against a lineup of characters such as this.
Filming hasn’t officially started yet as director Destin Daniel Cretton recently told Collider that filming wouldn’t begin until the new year.
This would make sense as there are only three actors officially on board with Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, Tony Leung as The Mandarin, and Awakafina in an undisclosed female lead role.
Te Kohe Tuhaka is the first actor we’ve heard in the mix for a role since Marvel announced casting back in July at San Diego Comic-Con.
Production will take place at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and also in Los Angeles, California.
Marvel has given Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings a release date of February 12th, 2021.
SOURCE: MCU COSMIC & FULL CIRCLE CINEMA