Marvel interested in roping in Aquaman-fame Ludi Lin for Shang-Chi
It is notable that Lin did extensive mixed martial arts training for Saban’s Power Rangers
It looks like Marvel Studios might be gearing up to begin casting for their Asian-led superhero film, Shang-Chi. The project has been in the news for some time now, with the rumour mill continuing to churn out potential cast members.
According to reports, Ludi Lin (Power Rangers, Aquaman, Black Mirror) is among the actors with whom the studio is interested in meeting to discuss the titular role. Lin did extensive mixed martial arts training for Saban’s Power Rangers, which is, of course, relevant to the role of superhero martial arts master Shang-Chi. Also, Lin has been pursuing the role since December 2018.
Additionally, reports indicate that Marvel Studios had met with Donnie Yen, known for the Ip Man martial arts film series, for an as-yet-unidentified role.
Shang-Chi, which is yet to be announced, is expected to go on floors this November at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney.
Another speculation is that Marvel is aiming to set the film’s release date for February 12, 2021, on the occasion of the Chinese New Year. Shang-Chi will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, with a script from Dave Callaham (The Expendables, Wonder Woman 1984).