“Shang-Chi” will be Tony Leung’s first Hollywood film!
At the Comic-Con International Festival, Marvel announced its plans for the upcoming fourth quarter of the year. Besides revealing the cast of Eternals, it also unveiled the cast members of Shang-Chi: Legend of The Ten Rings, the first superhero movie to be headlined by Chinese actors. Among the cast lineup, fans were most excited about veteran Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (梁朝偉), who is confirmed to be taking on antagonist role The Mandarin.
The Mandarin’s character had previously appeared in Iron Man 3, played by Oscar-winning lead actor Ben Kingsley. Besides Tony Leung, rising Asian American star Akwafina will also be part of the cast.
The titular role of Shang-Chi has been confirmed to be played by Canadian Chinese newcomer Simu Liu (劉斯穆). According to the Marvel website description, Shang-Chi is a “Master of Kung-Fu” who seeks peace and harmony in a weary world while opposing those who would tear it down. Previously rumored to be part of the cast lineup but notably missing is Donnie Yen (甄子丹).
Slated for release in February 2021, the film will be 57-year-old Tony Leung’s first Hollywood movie. In 1995, the actor starred in Vietnamese film Cyclo <三輪車伕>, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Interestingly, Tony’s onscreen persona in the 2018 Chinese animated film Monster Hunt 2 <捉妖記2> has a slight resemblance to Mandarin. Recently, he has been busy filming Chinese film Fox Hunt <獵狐行動>, which also stars former Bond girl, French-Ukrainian actress Olga Kurylenko.
This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com.