How Did “Shang-Chi” Leading Actor Simu Liu Get Marvel’s Attention?
A few days ago, Marvel Studios announced Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu (劉斯穆) is set to lead its first Chinese superhero movie Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings, while Hong Kong veteran actor Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (梁朝偉) will play the villain, The Mandarin. Although this casting announcement has been a long time coming, many Marvel fans are actually unfamiliar with Simu.
He Was an Accountant
Despite landing such a prominent role, Simu is not a famous Hollywood actor (yet) and he does not have many well-known works under his belt. Born in China, the 30-year-old immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of five, and went on to graduate from the University of Western Ontario. After college, Simu worked as an accountant at Deloitte for a year before getting laid off.
His Notable Works
Changing career paths, he joined the entertainment industry and made a name for himself by playing Jung Kim in Canadian sitcom Kim’s Convenience <金氏便利店>. Before then, he was a series regular in the Canadian TV show, Blood and Water <血與水>, for which he also served as the show’s screenwriter. Simu won two nominations for Blood and Water, including the ACTRA Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor” and the Canadian Screen Award for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series.”
Named as One of the 25 Hottest Bachelors
In 2017, Hello! magazine selected him as one of the 25 hottest bachelors, and there’s a reason why. Not only does he often flaunt his 185 cm stature and six-pack via topless photos on social media, it is known that Simu also has a background in martial arts training.
How He Landed the Role
Since he’s relatively unknown in the film industry, many fans were surprised by the casting results. However, Simu’s tweet might have been a deciding factor. It turns out he tagged Marvel Studios on Twitter last December saying, “Ok Marvel, are we gonna talk or what #ShangChi.”
It’s interesting to note that he was notified to participate in the audition and only auditioned in New York last Sunday. “I only knew that I was cast on Tuesday,” Simu revealed of his surreal experience.
This article is written by MelodyC for JayneStars.com.