Marvel Studios' Shang-Chi is zeroing in on its cast. The upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film is circling stars like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Donnie Yen, a martial arts icon in Hong Kong, and Power Rangers alum Ludi Lin.
According to ThatHashtagShow, Lin is in the running for the title role. No other actors have been brought in for the part of Shang-Chi just yet, but more names are expected to surface over the next few weeks. Shazam!'s Ross Bulter is also rumored to be in consideration for the part.
Meanwhile, Marvel is courting Yen for a role that has been kept under wraps. The report speculates he could play "a wise, old statesman," which may line him up for a villainous role.
Marvel is on track to begin production this fall, with the report slating it for a November start. As such, Shang-Chi could take the February 12, 2021 release date staked out by Disney, which coincides with the Chinese/Lunar New Year.
Following the success of Black Panther and Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios has made it clear that it's aiming to get more diverse in the future. With Ma Dong-seok cast in The Eternals, the MCU appears to be bringing more Asian actors into the fold.
Shang-Chi is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, based on a script by Dave Callaham. There is no official cast or release date yet for this upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film.