Simu Liu has always been destined to make history and this month, he’s doing just that in Marvel’s brand new superhero film.
He will become the first actor of Asian descent to lead a film for Marvel Studios playing the lead role in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
You avid Netflix watchers may recognise him from the popular sitcom Kim’s Convenience, but the Canadian is taking on even bigger scenes
Simu Liu’s road from being a failed accountant
Simu was born in Harbin, situated in the Northeast of China in 1989, he was raised by his grandparents for the first couple years of his life before moving to Canada when he was 5 years old to live with his parents.
He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in business and landed an accounting job at Deloitte. However, he didn’t think the job was the right match for him and later said that “it could not have been a worse fit.” After eight months, he was made redundant.
Simu began searching high and low for jobs as he remarked “I basically had nothing left to lose.” The turning point was when he saw an ad looking for extras on Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim and from here he caught the bug for acting.
One of his early breakthrough roles was in Blood and Water. From this, he was nominated at Canadian award shows and went on doing even bigger roles such as Kim’s Convenience which ran for five seasons, premiering in 2016 and getting picked up by Netflix in 2018.
Simu is Marvel’s first Asian superhero
Simu is loved for how honest and outspoken he is, in 2014, way before Marvel were in talks of launching a film with an Asian superhero, he tweeted, “Hey @Marvel, great job with Cpt America and Thor. Now how about an Asian American hero?”
When it circulated that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was being produced Simu sent a follow-up tweet, writing, “Okay, Marvel. Shall we talk or what?”
From here everything happened ultra-quick, he was cast after flying to New York to screen test on a Sunday and then discovered only two days later that he got the role.
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