Namor is all the buzz lately after Joe Quesada let lip that Marvel Studios may have the rights back to the character, and already actor Brian Tee — “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows'” Shredder — is tossing his name as someone who’d be very interested to take on the role.
Commenting on the rarity of seeing Asian actors in blockbuster films, Tee said to Entertainment Tonight, “…very few and far between, Asian-Americans and people of color are given these opportunities to be leads in films…I would love to see more of that. The time has come for us to allow those situations to happen.”
When asked which character he’d like to play most, Tee replied, “…Just saying, Marvel Studios just picked up the rights to Namor, who is the Submariner, and I would love to play the Submariner…I grew up as a comic geek and the Submariner is one of my childhood’s fondest superheroes. I feel like I can play him! If there is one role, right now, that I would love to play, it would be Namor.”
Of course, it’s not exactly confirmed that Marvel has the rights back — considering Quesada doesn’t represent the film division — and Feige has been on record calling the rights “complicated,” as they might be tied up at another studio.
Regardless, if Namor is back in the hands of Marvel, they now know Tee is eagerly waiting to cry “Imperius Rex!”
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