Here’s a new first for Hong Kong: local cinema legend Tony Leung Chiu-wai, who has starred in films such as Infernal Affairs, In the Mood for Love and Lust, Caution, has been cast to play supervillain the Mandarin in upcoming Marvel movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, making him the first Hong Kong actor to star in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The announcement was made at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, California.
Not much is known yet about the plot of the film, but it will focus on titular character Shang-Chi, the MCU’s first Asian superhero, who will go up against the Mandarin, who appears as the leader of an international terrorist organization in the comics.
Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu, who stars in sitcom Kim’s Convenience, has been cast as protagonist Shang-Chi, while Asian-American actress and rapper Nora Lum (aka Awkwafina), who has had roles in Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians, has been tapped for an as-yet undisclosed role.
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