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Destin Daniel Cretton to direct Marvel's first Asian-led project 'Shang-Chi'

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

Marvel has roped in to direct its first project with an Asian lead, "Shang-Chi".

Cretton broke out with 2013 indie favourite "Short Term 12", which starred "Marvel" star

According to The Hollywood Reporter, other filmmakers who were being considered to helm the film were ("Dear White People"), Alan Yang ("Master of Young") and Deborah Chow ("Jessica Jones").

As per the comics, was born in to a Chinese father and a Caucasian American mother. The character first appeared in 1973's Special Marvel Edition No 15.

It was created by and after Marvel failed to acquire the comic book rights to TV series "Kung Fu".

was trained as a martial assassin by his father, the infamous pulp villain Fu Manchu, but later became a hero after rebelling against his father. A hit character in the '70s, recently witnessed a revival as a member of the during 2012's Marvel Now! Publishing event.

"Wonder Woman 1984" is penning the script for the film and will give a modern twist to the character.

is said to be planning on assembling a largely Asian-American and Asian cast for the feature.

is producing, with Marvel's Louis D'Esposito, and attached as producers.

Next, Cretton is reuniting with Larson for their third project, "Just Mercy", also featuring "Black Panther" star

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 11:10 IST