RUMOR CONTROL: Ludi Lin and Donnie Yen Reportedly Wanted For Marvel’s ‘SHANG CHI’

This is Rumor Control. Here are the facts. Marvel is diligently working to get production going on their Shang Chi film, and it looks like they’ve already got their eye on potential leading men. According to That Hashtag Show, the studio is considering Ludi Lin (Aquaman, Power Rangers) and Donnie Yen (xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, Rogue One) to star, with Lin likely in the running for the role of the eponymous hero. The report also mentions that Ross Butler (Shazam!, Riverdale) may also be in the running. Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle) is directing the film from a script by Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, The Expendables).

Created by Steve Englehart & Jim Starlin in Special Marvel Edition #15 (December 1973), Shang-Chi is the son of the the Chinese criminal mastermind Zheng Zu (also known as Fu Manchu), leader of the Celestial Order of the Si-Fan, and a white American woman he genetically selected to bear his child. Born in the Hu’nan province of the People’s Republic of China, Shang-Chi was raised and trained from birth in the martial arts by his father and his many instructors, believing him to be a benevolent humanitarian. During a mission to London to murder a scientist his father claimed was evil and a threat to peace, he encountered Fu Manchu’s archenemy, Sir Denis Nayland Smith, who revealed his father’s true nature. Later allying himself with Nayland Smith, he became focused on combating his father and his schemes at every turn. As a hero, he later served as a member of MI-6, the Avengers, Secret Avengers and Heroes for Hire. He most notably assisted many of NYC’s street level heroes combating the Hand ninjas during the Shadowland story arc, instructed Spider-Man in kung fu to supplement the temporary loss of his spider sense and assisted the superhero Underground against the HYDRA Secret Empire led by a Cosmic Cube-brainwashed Steve Rogers.

Source: That Hashtag Show

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