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Donnie Yen & Ludi Lin Tipped To Star In Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi

Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is just over the horizon, and the folks at Marvel Studios are tirelessly working behind the scenes to bring a new wave of superheroes to the silver screen. Shang-Chi is currently slated to be part of Phase Four, but up until now we haven’t had a clue who will star as the Master of Kung-Fu.

It seems that we may finally well have our live-action Shang-Chi, with Aquaman and Power Rangers star Ludi Lin reportedly among the shortlist of actors to land the role. Seeing his past roles in the aforementioned blockbuster superhero films, the Chinese-Canadian actor seems a natural fit for the Asian Avenger.

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Ludi Lin as Zack Taylor/Black Ranger in Power Rangers (2017).

Not convinced by whether Lin might fare well as Shang-Chi? If you’ve watched the latest season of Black Mirror, his look may well have coined him as the Master of Kung-Fu.

Lin may have nailed the looks, but let’s hope his acting can match it as well.

Likewise, Marvel Studios is also looking to secure the talents of modern-day Asian legend Donnie Yen to be part of Shang-Chi as well. Most famous for his roles in Ip Man and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Yen’s role in Shang-Chi might be that of a mentor to the titular character.

Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Whether or not Marvel Studios successfully lands Lin and Yen in the upcoming movie remains to be seen, but they seem most likely to star in it. Shang-Chi already has its director in Destin Daniel Cretton, and recently they also managed to secure the services of Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, The Expendables) to pen the script.

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Marvel Studios aims to bring Phase Four firing on all cylinders, especially after the success of Avengers: Endgame. Head honcho Kevin Feige himself stated the importance of bringing heroes such as Shang-Chi to the fold, not just in simply expanding the roster of superheroes, but also bringing a cultural and racial diversity that will resonate with more fans across the globe.

Production for Shang-Chi is slated to begin in early November 2019, with a targeted release date of February 12, 2021.


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