Marvel Studios has reportedly tapped Short Term 12 writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton to helm Shang-Chi, which would be its first superhero movie with as Asian character in the lead. Late a year ago came word that the movie was in development; now The Hollywood Reporter says its found its director, Destin Daniel Cretton.
Shang-Chi is a beloved character in the pages of Marvel Comics. Larson later teamed up with Cretton on the film The Glass Castle, and will do so again alongside Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx in the upcoming film Just Mercy. Shang-Chi was trained as a martial artist assassin by his father, the infamous pulp villain Fu Manchu, but later became a hero after rebelling against his father's ways. However, with a Chinese-American director (and writer in Dave Callaham of Wonder Woman 1984), we should hopefully get a movie that Chinese-American audiences will respond to. Brie Larson, known for her Oscar-winning performance in Room and playing the titular heroine in the recently released Captain Marvel, gave her first leading performance in Short Term 12.
Other filmmakers who were in the running for the highly anticipated Marvel flick included Dear White People's Justin Tipping, Master of Young's Alan Yang, and Deborah Chow, whose credits include episodes of Reign, Jessica Jones and the upcoming Star Wars Disney+ series The Mandalorian.
After the success of Black Panther, Marvel Studios is looking at creative talents with the background to tackle diverse characters from their pantheon. Shang-Chi eventually fell into obscurity and he rarely appeared.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel also plans to feature a largely Asian and Asian-American cast in the movie.