Marvel's Shang-Chi star Simu Liu first asked for the job on Twitter

"Thanks for getting back to me," Liu tweeted to Marvel after the announcement at San Diego Comic-Con.

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In December, Simu Liu tweeted to Marvel about his upcoming role.

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Simu Liu, the star of Marvel's newly announced film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, proves there's truth to the adage "Ask and you shall receive."

The Disney-owned movie studio revealed Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con that Liu will be one of its newest leading men. But it turns out Liu asked for the job months ago on Twitter. 

"OK @Marvel, are we gonna talk or what #ShangChi," Liu tweeted in December. 

On Saturday after the announcement, he quoted the tweet and jokingly added, "Thanks for getting back to me." For good measure, he also replied to the tweet, "Well shit."

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The Shang Chi movie, set for release Feb. 12, 2021, will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, and will also star Awkwafina and Tony Leung. Lui will be first Asian lead in a Marvel movie. 

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