Casting Call: 10 Actors Who Can Play Marvel’s Shang-Chi
Marvel’s Shang-Chi has been around since 1972, but he’s finally getting the silver screen treatment nearly 50 years later. The recent overwhelming success of Black Panther has led Marvel to invest in ethnically driven characters, stories, and filmmakers. Although a film based on the character has been in development since 2006, the company fast-tracked Shang-Chi in late 2018.
In the time since this reveal, Marvel Studios assembled the behind-the-camera talent. They recently hired screenwriter David Callaham and director Destin Daniel Cretton to give the story life, correctly bringing Asian-American filmmakers aboard the first superhero movie with an Asian protagonist. With pre-production revving up, the question of who will play the eponymous character naturally arises. And knowing Marvel, they’ll probably make a casting decision soon. In the meantime, however, we’ll present 10 actors who might slip into the role nicely. Two of them are already rumored to be on Marvel’s shortlist.
The casting of Shang-Chi offers many possibilities, mostly because he hasn’t had a definitive interpretation in popular culture. Meaning that there’s room for the upcoming film adaptation to create exactly that when casting the lead.
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