Marvel’s first Chinese actor will star in a superhero movie, “Shang Chi.” The cast of “Shang Chi” was announced during Comic-Con, and the most surprising news was that Tony Leung will star as a big villain, The Mandarin, in the movie.
This is the first time that Tony Leung will star in a Hollywood movie since he has started his career as an actor, while Chinese Canadian actor Simu Liu will be cast as Shang Chi, the main character.
The president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, said that: “The Real Mandarin in “Iron Man 3” was very dissatisfied with the farce, so the real him will be coming.” He also announced that “The Real Mandarin” will be played by Tony Leung, but Leung himself was not present at Comic-Con.
When investigated, the character “Mandarin” already appeared in Iron Man 3 previously, but he was played by actor Ben Kingsley. However, due to the actual storyline, Ben Kingsley’s “Mandarin” was just a cameo, but this time in “Shang Chi”, the real Mandarin will appear.
In the comic, “Shang Chi” is the son of China’s big crime lord, Fu Manchu. Shang Chi was born in Hunan Province, to a white woman. Through his father’s training, Shang Chi was able to master the long stick, nunchucks, swordsmanship, and he later joined the Avenger League.
However not long ago, an outside media source reported that the movie, “Shang Chi” will be focusing on the story of Mandarin and the legend of the ten rings, so Tony Leung will have a lot of screentime. It is estimated that “Shang Chi” will begin filming in January of 2020, and the movie will be playing on February 12th of 2021, which corresponds to the Lunar Chinese New Year.