Shang-Chi star Simu Liu recently opened up about his love for Star Wars and revealed that he wants to play a Gray Jedi in the universe.
Simu Liu is still a relative unknown, but soon everyone will know his name after Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings hits theaters next year. Liu is the latest star to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the actor doesn’t want to stop there. The Shang-Chi star has made it well-known how much he loves Star Wars on social media with pictures of his collection and revealing that he has delved deep into the Expanded Universe.
On a recent episode of Rogue One writer Gary Whitta’s YouTube series, Animal Talking, Simu Liu made an appearance where he opened up about how he fell in love with the supplemental Star Wars material and his desire to be in the franchise:
“I’m not going to sugarcoat it, I definitely want to be in the Star Wars universe. I make no secret about it. I also make no secret about tweeting random things into the universe that I absolutely don’t actually think will come true, but I’m going to do it anyway. I’m a huge Star Wars fan. When I first came to Canada, it was one of the things that I latched onto right away, probably because I didn’t speak a lot of English, but then just the visuals of Star Wars were so compelling and just sucked me in right away, and I became the biggest fan of not only the movies but the whole expanded universe that went around it… I loved the whole gamut of Star Wars game leading up to the latest one, Fallen Order, but the [Knight of the Republic]s, X-Wing, Rogue Squadron, deep cuts, Jedi Knight I, Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Battlefront, everything. Star Wars games have been such a huge part of my life.”
Later on in the interview, Simu Liu talked more about how the Jedi lost their way in the prequel trilogy and admitted he agreed with Luke Skywalker’s controversial stance that the Jedi should end in The Last Jedi. Liu then revealed the type of character he would want to play in the Star Wars universe:
“I’ve thought about it clearly way too much: gray Jedi. Neither Jedi nor Sith, perhaps raise a Jedi but becomes disillusioned. We know the protagonist of The Clone Wars is Ahsoka Tano, who many consider to be a gray Jedi and is fully a gray Jedi by the time we see her in Rebels as well. She’s been outside the order living on her own, doing her own thing, and I feel like that’s where there’s so much to mine that the cinematic universe of Star Wars hasn’t really gone into the nitty-gritty of, these people who don’t observe light side or dark side, who aren’t caught up in the affairs or the illusions of grandeur, trying to exert power in the universe but just, I’ve become very disillusioned, and I want to just go and live my life, and I hate everything around me, but I also am a good person at heart. So, where is the room in the Star Wars universe for that character?”
You can watch the entire video of Simu Liu’s interview on Animal Talking below.
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Introduced in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 1973, Shang-Chi is a skilled martial artist who was raised in an isolated compound located in China and trained by his father Fu Manchu, a Chinese crimelord and immortal sorcerer who repeatedly attempted to conquer the world. When Shang-Chi was finally allowed to venture into the outside world to do his father’s bidding, he learned about his father’s evil ways and faked his own death before embarking on a mission to take down Fu Manchu’s criminal empire.
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton from a script written by David Callaham, Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung, and Ronny Chieng.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on May 7, 2021. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for all the latest developments surrounding the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more video content in the future!
Source: Animal Talking