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Simu Liu Will Play Marvel's Martial Arts Superhero, Shang-Chi, in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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It’s been a long time coming, but Marvel has finally revealed the face of its long-in-the-works Shang-Chi movie: Canadian-Chinese actor Simu Liu has been tapped to bring the martial arts superhero to life.

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Liu, known for the sitcom Kim’s Convenience (which is excellent), was apparently just cast for the role this past week, with his screen test last Sunday. That’s a quick turnaround.

The upcoming movie, all about the master of martial arts Shang-Chi, will also feature Tony Leung playing the Mandarin. Like, the real one. No, not the Iron Man 3 one. That actually bad guy. Also, Awkwafina is in the film in an as-yet-unannounced role.

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Shang-Chi will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12, The Glass Castle), based on a script by Dave Callaham. We’ll bring you more from Marvel’s presence in Hall H as it happens in our panel liveblog.

Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be out February 2021.

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angriergeek
Angrier Geek

I’m really glad this is moving forward. Really. Really. (put tear-stained fan script into a box in the closet with the others)

Oh, this is him, clearly meeting the basic requirements to be a Marvel cinematic superhero. All six of them.