Grey’s Anatomy star Alex Landi is hoping to land a role in Marvel’s upcoming Shang-Chi movie. The actor has portrayed orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nico Kim on the medical drama, beginning with the show’s current season. It has already been confirmed that he will return for season 16. Apparently, Landi is ready to add “superhero” to his resume as well.
With Avengers: Endgame essentially wrapping up the Marvel Cinematic Universe as fans have come to know it, little is known about what’s to come. Spider-Man: Far From Home was originally thought to launch Marvel’s highly anticipated Phase 4, but Kevin Feige recently revealed that it would actually be the official end of Phase 3. Although the studio has yet to unveil their upcoming slate of movies, it was announced back in December that the Shang-Chi film was finally making some progress. Centering on the 1973 character brought to life by Steve Englehart and Thanos creator Jim Starlin, Shang-Chi will be Marvel’s first to focus on an Asian superhero. Dave Callaham, who worked on Wonder Woman 1984, was hired to write the script and Destin Daniel Cretton is set to helm the film. The role of the titular hero will be a highly coveted one and Landi would like to throw his hat in the ring.
Speaking with HuffPost, Landi stated, “The first Asian superhero for Marvel, that would be dope. That’s my dream role right there. Any role in that movie, I think, would be great.” The actor also mentioned that his prior martial arts training would be a huge asset if he landed a part in the film. It’s also worth noting that Landi made it clear he would be interested to play any role in the upcoming movie, not just Shang-Chi himself.
The plans for Shang-Chi actually date back to Marvel’s original 2005 10-movie lineup. Had those been the projects that Marvel Studio chose to focus on, Infinity War would’ve turned out quite differently. There were then rumors that the character would be introduced in Iron Fist, but that also never came to pass. Perhaps the movie was already being considered a priority by that point.
Landi isn’t the first actor to express his desire to portray the Marvel hero. Power Rangers actor Ludi Lin has also made his interest known. Prior to that, Screen Rant had also cited Lin as a good candidate for Shang-Chi. Mike Moh is another performer who has stated that he would love to take on the part. Moh is already a Marvel veteran, having starred as Triton in the ill-fated Inhumans series.
As the MCU’s first Asian protagonist to star in his own project, it’s understandable that many actors are hoping to be a part of this history-making movie. Landi has already pushed boundaries as one half of Grey’s Anatomy’s first romance between two male doctors, starring opposite Jake Borelli’s Dr. Levi Schmitt. Shang-Chi would be another exciting and important project for the actor. Much of the movie still remains a mystery, including who will bring the titular hero to life. Whoever does land the part of Shang-Chi is likely to be the perfect choice, though, considering Marvel’s penchant for incredible casting decisions.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019