Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Simu Liu has been cast as the Mandarin and Shang-chi in MCU’s upcoming film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Awkwafina has also been cast (her film The Farewell by director Lulu Wang is currently in theaters now!). Guess we missed the mark on calling this one (but at least we got Mulan right!) .
Given that Cfensi got its top choice for Disney’s Mulan, let’s do some dream cast for Shang-chi, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first lead Asian superhero (unless The Eternals miraculously cast an Asian). Shang-chi is a master of wushu who was born in Hu’nan and moved to NYC. He is half-white and looks just like Bruce Lee in the comics, but MCU probably has plenty of of freedom in terms of what age and exact background he’ll be. There’s also a bunch of Chinese characters who could be in the film.
Who would you like to see cast? Leave a comment and I’ll add them to the polls. My current list including young-ish actors who either have martial arts backgrounds or who look the part and are “American/Canadian/etc” since Hollywood seems to be averse to casting people of Chinese nationality given Mulan and Crazy Rich Asians.(more…)