“Power Rangers” star Ludi Lin is reportedly in talks to star as Liu Kang in the live-action adaptation of “Mortal Kombat,” and it appears Marvel’s “Shang-Chi” actor Simu Liu is completely on board with this idea.
— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) August 17, 2019
Then on Friday, Lin announced the casting confirmation while also showing his respect for Robin Shou, the actor who portrayed Liu Kang in the 90s adaptation of “Mortal Kombat.”
Much luv to all the MK fans button mashing that kept the series thriving. Respect to Robin Shou for portraying the OG LK. An unshakable source of pride for countless of us. Times are changing but the challenges keep coming. I’m so ready for the fight. #MORTALKOMBAT! #LiuKang
— LudiLin (@ludi_lin) August 17, 2019
“Much luv to all the MK fans button mashing that kept the series thriving. Respect to Robin Shou for portraying the OG LK. An unshakable source of pride for countless of us,” he said. “Times are changing but the challenges keep coming. I’m so ready for the fight.”
Asians and Asian Americans are often underrepresented in Hollywood as they are frequently given stereotypical roles or no roles at all, according to a paper published in the Dominican University of California titled “The Marginalization and Stereotyping of Asians in American Film.”
As a result, actors and actresses would then be rendered invisible not just to Hollywood, but to the mass audiences as well.
Showing support for each other, like what Lin and Liu and countless other Asian actors and actresses have done in the past, will greatly help to elevate the level of visibility of Asian communities.
Free movie in NYC!! I Loved @theFarewell so much, I bought out a theatre to share it with YOU…Tickets on me, first come first serve. Come join me at 3.45pm THIS Saturday 7/20 at AMC Lincoln Square. Can’t wait to meet you all. #GoldOpen @awkwafina @thumbelulu @a24 @goldhouseco pic.twitter.com/aZ8Y5CxVNa
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) July 19, 2019
Take for example Awkwafina and Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” — many actors and personalities have all shown their support for the Asian talents and creatives by renting out theaters as part of the #GoldOpen movement, which greatly contributed to the film’s box office success.
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Free movie tickets for you, paid for by the cast of CRA 🙂 We are buying out the theater this Sunday 1pm at the Landmark on Pico. Gotta support our girl @awkwafina and her wonderful film @thefarewell. Come through! #thefarwell #crazyrichasians #goldopen #representationmatters