Mississauga’s Simu Liu returns to the big screen in sequel to Marvel mega-hit

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Published December 7, 2021 at 9:37 am

Mississauga's Simu Liu returns to a starring role in sequel to Marvel mega-hit movie. (Photo: IMDb.com)

Mississauga native Simu Liu will be back on the big screen in a Hollywood sequel to this year’s Marvel mega-hit Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. 

Liu, 32, will return to the lead role in the Marvel Studios production, according to a report yesterday from Hollywood-based Deadline.  

There is no release date yet for the sequel. 

Liu, whose role in this year’s film marked the first time an Asian actor led a cast in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, shared the news yesterday on Twitter. 

“Flopped so hard we got a sequel!” Liu tweeted, his quip likely aimed at some in the movie-making universe who earlier this year predicted Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings might not do so well. 

As it turned out, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings opened on Labour Day weekend and pulled in a record $94.6 million at the box office. To date, it is the highest-grossing domestic release this year in the U.S. with $224.5 million pocketed. 

Worldwide, the film has grossed nearly $432 million to date. 

Co-starring Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina and Tony Leung, the movie is also the first Marvel creation to feature a mostly Asian cast. 

According to Deadline, the sequel will also feature the return of filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton, who has entered into an exclusive multi-year overall deal with Disney companies Marvel Studios and Hulu’s Onyx Collective. 

Liu has been plenty busy with appearances in the wake of his hit film. He recently gave it his best shot in tasting some insanely hot chicken wings on the YouTube web series Hot Ones, and on Nov. 20 he hosted NBC’s iconic Saturday Night Live 

The movie star, who was born in China and grew up in the Erin Mills area of Mississauga, is also known for his starring role in CBC sitcom Kim’s Convenience, which ended earlier this year after a five-season run.

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