Comic-Con: Simu Liu Confirmed to Play Marvel’s Shang-Chi!
During the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con it was revealed that Canadian actor Simu Liu (Blood and Water, Taken) will headline the Shang-Chi movie as the title character. The film will officially be ttitled Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings with the cast also including Tony Leung as The Mandarin (the REAL Mandarin) with Awkwafina in an unannounced role.
Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, Zombieland 2, Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse 2) wrote the script and Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) is attached to direct the project. Marvel’s goal with the film is to introduce a hero who blends Asian and Asian American themes, crafted by Asian and Asian American filmmakers.
Shang-Chi, also known as The Master of Kung Fu, was first introduced in the pages of Special Marvel Edition #15 back in 1973 after they’d failed to obtain the rights to the then-popular TV series Kung Fu, which starred David Carradine. A master of fighting, Shang-Chi eventually gains the ability to create an infinite amount of replicas of himself. After Special Marvel Edition changed its name to The Hands of Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu, the character went on to appear in issues of Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-in-One. He’s also been a member of The Avengers and Heroes for Hire, the latter alongside fellow kung fu masters Daughters of the Dragon.
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