Simu Liu Remembers Ignoring Marvel's Secret Casting Process
Simu Liu, star of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, confesses he's "not a great secrets guy" and challenged Marvel's confidentiality to expose his casting
Development on a Shang-Chi film, based on the Marvel comic character of the same name, began as early as 2001, but significant work began only when screenwriter Dave Callaham was hired in late 2018. Director Destin Daniel Cretton joined the project in March of the following year, and work on finding the film's protagonist began immediately. Marvel Studios was looking for an actor of Chinese heritage, and in addition to Liu, they had also auditioned Mortal Kombat's Lewis Tan. Liu eventually got the job on July 16, 2019, only four days before the formal announcement on July 20.
However, it appears that those four days were insufficient for Liu, who recently admitted to telling his best buddy about his casting before the formal announcement. Liu admitted to Variety that he's "not a great secrets man" and that it was "too huge of news to keep with you." Check out his whole remarks below:
"I’m not a great secrets guy, when it comes to this stuff. [Kevin] was like, ‘We’re gonna fly you to Comic Con in San Diego in four days, just keep your mouth shut until then. We want to be able to surprise the whole world when we announce you at Comic Con, like, don’t ruin the moment.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, sure.' He was like, ‘No seriously, don’t tell your parents, don’t tell your friends. Don’t tell anyone.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah.’ And then I immediately called my best friend. It’s too big of news to keep with you."
With 28 films now in the can and at least 11 more in the works, as well as a rising number of associated Disney+ programs, the secrecy surrounding Marvel productions is well known. While certain MCU actors, like as Tom Holland, have had difficulty keeping crucial details under wraps, most stars are fairly adept at concealing major secrets. Kingsley Ben-Adir, who will participate in the new Secret Invasion series, said late last year that the studio carefully teaches its performers to avoid exposing secrets.
Fortunately, at least for Liu, it appears that his closest buddy was better at keeping secrets than he was, and news of his casting did not leak farther before it was formally announced by Feige. Imagine how much trouble he would have gotten himself into if it had. Hopefully, Liu has learnt his lesson, and he will be significantly more effective at keeping information regarding the sequel to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to himself in the future.