Shang-Chi has become a massive success for Hollywood’s biggest franchise. Its triumph at the box office is a sign that viewers still want fresh storytelling, not just recognizable faces. The film had the second-best weekend gross of the pandemic. More than how great the story was, Marvel owes credit to the incredible cast that was roped in. If the faces of the film’s cast looked familiar to you and made you say “Hey, I have this him/her before somewhere,” here’s where you’ve seen them before:
1. Simu Liu as Shaun / Shang-Chi
Where you’ve seen him before: Kim’s Convenience, Yappie, Bad Blood, Orphan Black, Fresh Off the Boat, Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, Taken, and Blood and Water.
2. Awkwafina as Katy
Where you’ve seen her before: Raya and the Last Dragon, The Angry Birds 2 Movie, Jumanji: The Next Level, Crazy Rich Asians, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, Ocean’s Eight, and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.
3. Meng’er Zhang as Xialing
Where you’ve seen her before: Zhang made her first-ever on-screen debut with Shang-Chi
4. Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan
Where you’ve seen her before: Star Trek: Discovery, Marco Polo, Kung Fu Panda 2, Gunpowder Milkshake, Memoirs of a Geisha, Strike Back, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Last Christmas, Crazy Rich Asians, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Tomorrow Never Dies.
5. Tony Leung as Xu Wenwu
Where you’ve seen him before: The Great Magician, The Grandmaster, 2046, the Infernal Affairs franchise, The Silent War, the Red Cliff franchise, In the Mood for Love, and The New Heaven Sword and the Dragon Sabre.
6. Fala Chen as Li
Where you’ve seen her before: The Undoing, Will Power, Triumph in the Skies II, Queens of Diamonds and Hearts, Lives of Omission, The Family Link, Grace Under Fire, Sound of the Desert, Revenge of the Green Dragons, Links to Temptation, and Forensic Heroes.
7. Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery
Where you’ve seen him before: The Jungle Book, Gandhi, Iron Man 3, The Dictator, Shutter Island, Tut, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Ender’s Game, and Schindler’s List.
8. Benedict Wong as Wong
Where you’ve seen him before: Doctor Strange, Marco Polo, the Avengers franchise, The Martian, Kick-Ass 2, Lady and the Tramp, Gemini Man, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, What If…?, Raya and the Last Dragon, Deadly Class, Annihilation, Doctor Strange, Marco Polo, The Martian, Kick-Ass 2, and Prometheus.
9. Florian Munteanu as Razor Fist
Where you’ve seen him before: Creed II.
10. Yuen Wah as Master Guang Bo
Where you’ve seen him before: Septet: The Story of Hong Kong, The Ip Man Agency, The Way of the Dragon, Master Z: Detective Chinatown 2, A Change of Destiny, and The Iceman Cometh.
11. Stephanie Hsu as Soo
Where you’ve seen her before: Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, Girl Code, The Path, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
12. Kunal Dudheker as John
Where you’ve seen him before: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Better Things, Silicon Valley, Ad Astra, and Fresh Off the Boat.