Production has finally wrapped for Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings after a temporary filming suspension amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In celebration of the movie’s progress, Marvel officially revealed on social media the actors who will be bringing the highly anticipated film to life. Among the cast members is 38-year-old Fala Chen (陳法拉), confirming previous speculations that the former Hong Kong actress is starring in Marvel’s first Asian superhero film.
Co-star Simu Liu, who will be playing the titular Shang-Chi, teasingly commented, “Wait you’re in this movie??”
A while back, various media outlets reported that Fala would play S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Leiko Wu, who investigates the Ten Rings terrorist organization alongside coworker and lover Clive Reston. A powerful martial artist, Leiko later joins hands with Shang-Chi to fight the bad guys and helps him defeat the Mandarin, played by fellow Hong Kong actor Tony Leung (梁朝伟).
However, Marvel shot down those rumors. Instead, Fala will star as Jiang Li, whose name is a bit similar to that of Michelle Yeoh‘s (楊紫瓊) character Jiang Nan. Perhaps the two characters have a special relationship, such as sisters or master and apprentice. Whatever it is, viewers will find out when the movie gets released on July 9, 2021.
Though Fala is not well-known in Hollywood, she is not alone: 33-year-old Zhang Meng’er (張夢兒) is also a cast member. Marvel fans first noticed Meng’er when the director shared a group photo earlier that featured her. At the time, fans discovered that she participated in the mainland talent audition show Super Girl <快樂女聲> in 2009 and made it to the top 20 with her talent in rock music.
She graduated from the Nanjing University of the Arts and later went to the United Kingdom to further her studies. Her character in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is named Xialing. Sporting a domineering look, it is unknown if Meng’er’s role is that of an assassin yet.
This article is written by MelodyC for JayneStars.com.