Canadian Simu Liu To Play Marvel’s Shang-Chi
Superheroes do exist, and they can even be Canadian. Marvel announced at a recent San Diego Comic Con that its latest superhero will be played by none other than Kim’s Convenience star Simu Liu. The Canadian will embody the character of Shang-Chi in the comic studio giant’s upcoming “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”.
Liu is originally from China but grew up in Ontario. His original career path had nothing to do with superheroes or with acting, for that matter. He was originally schooled to be an accountant, but after having discovered that crunching numbers wasn’t exactly his style (read: he was fired), he decided to embrace a life in acting and entertainment instead.
It turned out to be a good choice indeed because the CBC sitcom star was soon selected for various roles in film and on television. He even did a spot of stunt-double work.
Entering The Big Leagues
But it was nothing compared to his latest role because a Marvel selection is considered to be nothing short of a fast track to super stardom. The announcement of Liu’s latest selection was made by fellow Kim’s Convenience star Andrew Phung at a recent Saturday-night improv show starring the actors of the popular sitcom. Phung said that Liu many be headed for great things and super-stardom but that to the cast of the popular sitcom, he will always be “Jung”.
The latest Marvel production is set to be directed by Destin Cretton and according to reports recently ran by Variety, the movie will also feature the acting prowess of rapper-actress Awkwafina. Liu and Awkwafina will be joined on set by veteran Hong Kong actor Tony Leung.
Following The End Game
Shang-Chi’s character isn’t completely alien to the Marvel Universe and started to make an appearance at time when Marvel first started to focus on featuring characters associated with obvious minority groups. This was however back in 1973 when doing so was considered to be highly experimental.
The characters experimented with back then only really started to show up on the big screen years later. Examples of these include Blade and Falcon. With the focus having previously been mainly on African-American characters, its refreshing that the Marvel Universe now wants to include Asian players too.
Liu will be taking centre-stage in Marvel’s Phase 4 Cinematic Universe, with Phase 3 having been drawn to a close with the release of Avengers: End Game.