Simu Liu's past has been coming back to haunt him after the release of Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings. We have all seen those stock photos featuring Liu that are now making their rounds on social media as fans create new memes. But has his old posts also cost the movie a release in a major market? A new report claims that Liu's old comments about China have made it unlikely for the film to be released in the country.
Deadline reports that Liu's 2017 interview with CBC has been resurfaced and had been making waves on Chinese social media. In the interview, Kim's Convenience star shared how his immigrant parents told him about living under Communist rule. In addition to that, Liu had referred to China as a “third world” with people who are “dying of starvation.”
It's a sensitive matter and there is a huge possibility that Disney and Marvel Studios are already working on keeping it down. After all, China is a major market that has helped push international box office success. On the other hand, the studios might not be considering a Chinese release due to rising COVID-19 cases yet again.
For now, the studios have not yet confirmed any plans to release Shang-Chi in China. However, there is a possibility we'll get an update very soon. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.
Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings also stars Awkwafina, Meng'er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh, Ben Kingsley, and Tony Leung. The film is now screening in theaters.