Toronto’s Simu Liu has been cast as Marvel’s first Chinese superhero Shang-Chi

The Destin Daniel Cretton-directed film has gotten its lead

According to Vulture, Toronto’s Simu Liu has been cast as Shang-Chi, Marvel’s first Chinese superhero.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Liu was announced as the star in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, but he had only found out a mere two days prior that he was taking on the role. “Let’s just take this guy, an ordinary guy, living in Toronto. Let’s tell him he’s going to be in the next Marvel movie and give him four days to prep for it,” the Kim’s Convenience actor explained at the conference.

Shang-Chi is known as the Master of Kung Fu in the Marvel Comics, and the character is a half-Chinese, half-American hero that writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin created in 1973. The forthcoming film is set to be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.