Former Megacity Basketball player and Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu cast as Marvel's Shang-Chi and becomes Marvel's first Asian superhero. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is Hollywood's first big budget superhero film with an Asian lead. The movie is to be released in February of 2021.
The 30 year old actor played in the Competitive Tuesday league as a team member of Angry Buddha. Liu wore number #12 and while we don't know the significance of the #12, he did start his acting career in 2012 with an appearance on Nikita (TV Series). He would go onto cast on several TV shows and shorts before landing the role of Jung on the Canadian hit show, Kim's Convenience. If you haven't watched the series, you should give it a try. It's a funny and warm family show that is now reaching international fame. It's filmed all over Toronto so you'll see some familiar sites. If you want to visit the store front, it's located at 252 Queen St E, Toronto, ON.
Liu is no stranger to Toronto's basketball community participating in celebrity basketball games, playing recreationally, a big Raptors fan and was even on one of the buses for the Toronto Raptors championship parade.
With Liu now becoming Asia's 1st Marvel Superhero, expect his name to become a household name around the world and for his career to launch into a whole new stratosphere.