Rumor: Creed II’s Florian Munteanu May Have Joined Marvel’s Shang-Chi
According to Slashfilm, there is a casting rumor from Dark Horizons that Creed II star and professional heavyweight boxer Florian Munteanu may have signed up for Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings film as a “secondary villain.” Production on Shang-Chi is underway in Sydney, Australia.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be led by Canadian actor Simu Liu (Blood and Water, Taken), who is set to take on the titular hero in Marvel Studios’ first Asian superhero-led movie. Joining Liu are Golden Globe-winning actress Awkwafina (The Farewell) and renowned Hong Kong actor Tony Leung, who portrayed the role of The Mandarin. Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) was recently in talks to portray a new MCU character in the film.
Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, Zombieland 2, Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse 2) wrote the script and Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) is attached to direct the project. Marvel’s goal with the film is to introduce a hero who blends Asian and Asian American themes, crafted by Asian and Asian American filmmakers.
The movie is expected to arrive in theaters on February 12, 2021.
Shang-Chi, also known as The Master of Kung Fu, was first introduced in the pages of Special Marvel Edition #15 back in 1973 after they’d failed to obtain the rights to the then-popular TV series Kung Fu, which starred David Carradine. A master of fighting, Shang-Chi eventually gains the ability to create an infinite amount of replicas of himself. After Special Marvel Edition changed its name to The Hands of Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu, the character went on to appear in issues of Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-in-One. He’s also been a member of The Avengers and Heroes for Hire, the latter alongside fellow kung fu masters Daughters of the Dragon.