Simu Liu is First Asian Star to Lead Superhero Franchise

By N. Jamiyla Chisholm Jul 22, 2019

Simu Liu (“Kim’s Convenience”) will play the lead in the forthcoming comic film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” Marvel Studios announced Saturday at Comic-Con (July 20), per Deadline. This marks the first time an Asian actor has starred in a big screen superhero franchise; Liu was born in China and raised in Canada.

In the comics, Shang-Chi is the son of a China-based criminal mastermind who spent his childhood in a hidden, ancient fortress in China training in martial arts and philosophical disciplines, unaware of his father’s true identity. Everything changes when grown up Shang-Chi learns the truth about his father and declares war on him.

Also on board: Awkwafina, who was cast in an undisclosed role, and Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, who is set to play The Mandarin. Destin Daniel Cretton (“The Glass Castle”) will direct and Dave Callaham (“The Expendables 3”) is pegged to pen the script.