Canadian actor Simu Liu cast as Marvel's first Chinese superhero

Jul 22 2019, 1:28 pm

Canadian actor Simu Liu has been cast as Marvel’s first-ever Chinese superhero.

Liu, who is known for his role as Jung Kim on the CBC sitcom Kim’s Convenience, will star in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which is about Shang-Chi, the master of kung-fu.

The big news was announced on Saturday at Comic-Con in San Diego, however, it appears that Liu asked the Disney-owned movie studio for the job months ago.

“OK @Marvel, are we gonna talk or what #ShangChi,” Liu tweeted in December.

On Saturday after the announcement, Liu quoted the tweet and added, “Thanks for getting back to me.”

For good measure, he also replied to the tweet with, “Well shit.”

However, Liu really began mannifesting this role back in 2014 when tweeted to Marvel and asked them to consider making an Asian American hero, following the success of Captain America and Thor.

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The Shang Chi movie is set to hit the big screen in 2021 and will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. Awkwafina and Tony Leung will also star alongside Liu.