Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu has always been vocal about his love of Star Wars, even sharing a picture of his childhood collection proving that he’s been a fan ever since. While he makes a sick Emperor Palpatine impression, the actor wants to play an entirely different character in the beloved franchise.
Liu recently made an appearance on Rogue One writer Gary Whitta’s YouTube series, Animal Talking, where he talked about his future career goals, one of which is a Star Wars dream role. "I'm not going to sugarcoat it, I definitely want to be in the Star Wars universe," Liu says. "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.”
Liu added that he used to want to be a Jedi “so badly” because of the “moral unrighteousness” rather than having the powers they possess. However, in the past couple of years, his stance on the Jedi changed, saying that the used to be “paragons” of the society but now he thinks they feel “really uptight and they're really arrogant and they that a Jedi should not desire power but then they're all up in the Senate's affairs.”
Because of that, Liu wants to play a Gray Jedi, neither Jedi nor Sith. The actor mentioned Ahsoka Tano as an example, who’s just “doing her own thing” outside the order. “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,” Liu says, curious as to where the room is in Star Wars for these kinds of characters.
Now though, until Liu makes his debut in the galaxy far, far away, he'll make his name in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, set for release on February 12, 2021.