Shang-Chi sensation Simu Liu is set to executive produce and star in Amazon’s action-adventure series Seven Wonders, which is based on the novel by Ben Mezrich.
Liu will play Dr. Nate Grady, a brilliant adventurer with a background in botany who teams up with Sloane Seydoux, a slippery international fixer, on a breathless race to solve an ancient mystery tied to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Liu is a rising star with global appeal, and Amazon is smart to hitch itself to his wagon.
Justin Lin will direct as well as executive produce alongside Beau Flynn, writer Adam Cozad, and Liu. Salvador Gatdula and Andrew Schneider will also executive produce for Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment banner, while Scott Sheldon will serve as a co-executive producer on the project. Seven Wonders is set up at Universal Television, where Lin and Perfect Storm are under a deal.
Flynn is known for producing the Dwayne Johnson vehicles Jungle Cruise, Red Notice, and Black Adam, and he developed the idea for the book with Mezrich, whose book The Accidental Billionaires served as the basis for David Fincher‘s classic The Social Network.
Cozad co-wrote the movies Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and The Legend of Tarzan, and he recently served as a consulting producer on the FX series The Old Man. He and Lin have worked together before, as they developed the feature Snap Dragon at Warner Bros.
Lin is currently developing an adaptation of the hit manga series One Punch Man for Sony, though he’s best known for directing four Fast & Furious movies (including Fast Five) as well as Star Trek Beyond. On the TV side, he directed the pilots for Magnum P.I. and S.W.A.T. and serves as an EP on both series.
Liu catapulted to stardom with his hard-hitting turn as the title character in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — a role he recently reprised in the Disney+ series She-Hulk. He’ll soon be seen opposite Mark Wahlberg in the upcoming film Arthur the King. Liu is represented by CAA and Authentic Talent & Literary Management, and Deadline broke the news of his involvement with Seven Wonders.