In a highly competitive situation, CAA has signed “Shang-Chi” leading man Simu Liu for representation in all areas, the company announced on Wednesday.
Liu is set to star in the titular role in Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” releasing Feb. 12, 2021. “Shang-Chi” is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film to feature an Asian superhero in the leading role. Liu’s casting was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con in July.
Liu was born in China and immigrated to Canada as a young boy with his family, settling in the suburbs of Toronto.
Liu currently stars in the award-winning CBC comedy series “Kim’s Convenience,” winner of the 2017 ACTRA Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. The cast was nominated again in both 2018 and 2019.
Liu’s credits also include “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Orphan Black,” and “Blood and Water,” for which Liu was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and an ACTRA Award.
HarperCollins recently announced the company will publish Liu’s memoir, currently set for publication in 2021. In making the announcement, HarperCollins noted the memoir will “recount his [Liu’s] complicated childhood, including the weight of immigrant family expectations, his determination to follow his dream, and his gratitude for his parents’ sacrifices, love, and life lessons.”
Liu continues to be represented by Chris Lee and Kyle Pak at Authentic Literary & Talent Management and attorney Shelby Weiser at Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.