Meet Marvel’s next leading man.
The studio announced at Comic-Con Saturday that Simu Liu is set to star in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — making him the first solo Asian lead of a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
Also starring in Shang-Chi will be Tony Leung as the Mandarin — the real one. (A false version of the character was portrayed by Ben Kingsley in Iron Man 3.) In addition, Awkwafina has been cast in an undisclosed role.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, with Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Leung, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. In theaters February 12, 2021. pic.twitter.com/VXaqJ5uN6B
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Liu was reportedly confirmed for the role on Tuesday, after screen-testing for it on Sunday. On Twitter, the actor expressed his excitement.
Liu is best known for his role in the Canadian sitcom Kim’s Convenience, which you can check out right now on Netflix for research purposes.
Shang-Chi will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) for release on February 12, 2021.