'Shang-Chi' Actor Simu Liu Congratulates Ludi Lin On New 'Mortal Kombat' Role

From one hero to another.
From left to right: Simu Liu, Ludi Lin
From left to right: Simu Liu, Ludi Lin
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It looks like the world is getting another hero of Asian descent and Shang-Chi is here for it.

Reports surfaced last week that 鈥淧ower Rangers鈥 actor Ludi Lin is in talks to play Liu Kang in New Line鈥檚 upcoming live-action film based off video game series 鈥淢ortal Kombat.鈥

Simu Liu, who was recently cast as the Marvel Universe鈥檚 first superhero of Asian descent Shang-Chi, tweeted that he was 鈥渟o happy鈥 for the actor. Lin was quick to return the love.

Lin appeared to independently confirm his casting in a tweet on Friday, tipping his hat to Robin Shou, who portrayed Liu Kang in the 鈥90s Mortal Kombat films.

鈥淭imes are changing but the challenges keep coming,鈥 he tweeted. 鈥淚鈥檓 so ready for the fight.鈥

Lin had previously expressed interest in playing a superhero, including the role of Shang-Chi. However he also told HN Entertainment that the role itself is a statement in Asian representation.

鈥淲hoever gets the role, I already know that I already won because it鈥檒l be a huge step for representation and I鈥檒l know they鈥檒l do a good job on it, whoever gets cast,鈥 he said.

He told the outlet that comic books have always spoken to him as a minority because of the way in which many of the themes revolve around empowering those perceived as outsiders.

鈥淐omic books and superheroes represented something very important to me because they represented someone standing up for the outsider and standing up for the voices that are afraid to speak up,鈥 he said.

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