A tweet and a mysterious phone call: How Simu Liu became Shang-Chi

Simu Liu essays the titular superhero in Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the first MCU film featuring a superhero of Asian origin.

Liu, a Canadian of Chinese descent, began his career as an extra on Guillermo del Toro’s monster movie Pacific Rim. After years of stunt work, he was cast in Canadian sitcom Kim’s Convenience — his first break. He was also a part of sci-fi thriller series Orphan Black’s final season, but remained little known

Many believe it was the fateful tweet he composed on December 4, 2018 that changed his fortunes and brought him into the ambit of Marvel Studios.

The tweet, which is still up, read, “OK @Marvel, are we gonna talk or what #ShangChi.” After he was cast he quote-tweeted the original tweet and quipped, “Thanks for getting back to me.”