Marvel names first Asian lead in superhero movie


Simu Liu will play the title character in Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the first Asian lead in a Marvel superhero movie.

Tony Leung and Crazy Rich Asians’ Awkwafina will also star in the film reportedly budgeted at nearly $300 million, which is expected to shoot in Sydney thanks to a $24 million grant from the Federal Government’s Location Incentive Program.

The then Arts Minister Mitch Fifield said the production will spend more than $150 million in Australia, create 4,700 Australian jobs and use the services of about 1,200 local businesses.

It will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, whose breakout movie was 2013’s Short Term 12, which starred Brie Larson as a woman working in a group home for teenagers.

Liu said on social media: “There is so much at stake here; we are fighting for our identity, for our right to be seen, to belong.”

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