Shang-Chi star Simu Liu manifested the role in a big way (Picture: Marvel / Jasin Boland)
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu has spoken out about an eerily spot on tweet that saw him ask Marvel for the role he’d eventually be cast in.
The actor’s casting was announced in 2019, but in 2018, he made sure to shoot his shot, tweeting: ‘OK @Marvel are we gonna talk or what #ShangChi.’
‘I just tweeted it out into the ether because I love superhero movies,’ the 32-year-old admitted to USA Today.
‘It’s great that I’m getting all the credit now retroactively for getting it right, but I’m sure there are thousands of tweets if you go back far enough of me not getting it right or predicting the future totally incorrectly.’
Director Destin Daniel Cretton added: ‘I don’t think anybody at Marvel saw that tweet.
‘It’s a great story so I’m not gonna try to stamp it out. But I also really do believe in putting things out there and saying you’re going to get this thing and really going for it.’
And go for it he did.
Liu stars as the first Asian-origin lead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Shang-Chi confronts the past he thought he left behind when he’s drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organisation.
The actor previously called out Disney boss Bob Chapek after he referred to it as an ‘interesting experiment’.
Chapek said: ‘On Shang-Chi, we think it’s actually going to be an interesting experiment for us, because it’s got only a 45-day window for us.
‘So the prospect of being able to take a Marvel title to the [streaming] service after going theatrical at 45 days will be yet another data point to inform our actions going forward on our titles.’
Liu addressed Chapek’s comments in an Instagram post, as he shared pictures from filming.
The 32-year-old wrote: ‘We are not an “interesting experiment”.
‘We are the underdog; the underestimated. We are the ceiling-breakers. We are the celebration of culture and joy that will persevere after an embattled year.
‘We are the surprise. I’m fired the f**k up to make history on September 3rd; JOIN US.’
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is in cinemas on September 3.
Credit: Original article published here.