Kim's Convenience's Simu Liu will star in Marvel's first film about Chinese superhero Shang-Chi

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      Canadian actor Simu Liu is best known in this country for playing Jung Kim on the hit comedy Kim's Convenience.

      But soon, the son of Chinese immigrants will be famous around the world.

      That's because he's been cast as Marvel's first Chinese superhero in the upcoming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.

      It was announced this weekend at the Comic-Con conference in San Diego.

      "Let's just take this guy, an ordinary guy, living in Toronto," Liu said at the event. "Let's tell him he's going to be in the next Marvel movie and give him four days to prep for it. This is just the craziest, craziest, dream."

      Others who will appear in the film include Awkwafina (a.k.a. Nora Lum) and Hong Kong star Tony Leung.

      Liu was born in the northern Chinese city of Harbin and moved to Canada at the age of five.

      He was raised in Mississauga, Ontario, and worked as an accountant before switching to acting.

      Kim's Convenience is in its third season on CBC.

      His costar and TV show sister, Andrea Bang, didn't let Liu's big role go unnoticed.

      In the past, Liu has been cast on the TV series Fresh Off the Boat, Taken, and Blood and Water.

      Less than a year ago, Liu spoke at UBC about the under-representation of people of Asian ancestry in popular culture.

      A few months later, he publicly lobbied about being cast as Shang-Chi.