Report: ‘Iron Fist’ Auditioning Asian Actors For Marvel Hero Shang-Chi
Long before Game of Thrones star Finn Jones won the role of Marvel’s Netflix Iron Fist, controversy over the character’s race produced a number of suggestions to feature Asian Marvel hero Shang-Chi instead. Now, it appears Shang-Chi will indeed appear in the upcoming Defenders series, for which Marvel will exclusively audition Asian actors.
That Hashtag Show (who were initially responsible for first word of Finn Jones) claims that Marvel’s Netflix Iron First has begun auditioning male actors of Asian descent for the role of Shang-Chi, son to noted villain Fu Manchu, and “Master of Kung-Fu” in his own right. The comic character has worked with both Iron Fist and Luke Cage as one of the “Heroes for Hire,” as well as The Avengers, also featuring into Daredevil’s comic “Shadowland” arc.
Notably, the report also claims Iron Fist production will begin in April, as well that Shang-Chi’s reception could spur spinoff talk in time. It would seem a bit early, considering neither Marvel nor Netflix have publicly released a schedule for Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, or a second season of Jessica Jones, let alone any spinoffs.
Scott Buck will showrun Iron Fist, while recent reports suggested Jessica Jones writer Scott Reynolds will also have a hand on the creative side.
We’ll stay tuned for more on Iron Fist in the coming weeks and months, but is casting Shang-Chi a step in the right direction?