Marvel’s Shang-Chi Casts Simu Liu, Awkwafina And Tony Leung

Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung

by James White |
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We've known for a while that Marvel is working on a film adaptation of the Shang-Chi character. The company used its Comic-Con presentation this weekend to add more details about the film, now called Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings, with casting including Awkwafina, Tony Leung and Chinese Canadian actor and stunt performer Simu Liu in the lead.

Shang-Chi first arrived on the Marvel scene in 1973 in the wake of Enter The Dragon's success. Created by by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin, he is the son of Fu Manchu, who raised and educated his son in his reclusive compound, closed off to the outside world. The lad trained in the martial arts and developed unsurpassed skills. He is eventually introduced to the outside world to do his father’s bidding, and then has to come to grips with the fact his revered father might not be the humanitarian he has claimed to be and is closer to what others call him: The Devil’s Doctor.

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As you might expect given that it's no longer the 1970s, elements of the character will be updated to avoid stereotypes. Leung will be playing the Mandarin, while Awkwafina's role is unknown. Between this and theLittle Mermaidnews, it's a big Disney time for her. As for Liu, he was apparently testing for the role last weekend and hired on Tuesday, so it's been quite the ride for him. Though it sounds like he knew something even when the movie was first announced...

The film lands on screens in February 2021.

Read our full wrap-up of the Marvel announcements here.

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