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REPORT: Marvel's Shang-Chi Casts Star Trek's Rosalind Chao

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine alum Rosalind Chao has reportedly boarded the cast of Marvel Studios' Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

The Illuminerdi purports to have gotten ahold of a casting sheet for the upcoming Shang-Chi film, which lists Chao has being officially cast in the film in the role of 'Mom.' No other details regarding Chao's character are available at this time, but The Illuminerdi claims she will be playing the mother of Awkwafina's character. Hence, the 'Mom' placeholder name. Furthermore, if the casting sheet is to be taken as legitimate, the film still has several more roles that need to be cast.

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Chao appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation in a recurring capacity as Keiko O'Brien. Chao played the character on the show for a total of eight episodes during the early 1990s. She went on to reprise her role in Deep Space Nine, this time appearing in 19 episodes across a longer period of time.

Should reports of Chao's Shang-Chi casting prove accurate, this also won't be her first brush with Marvel Comics adaptations. All the way back in 1979, Chao played a character named Emily Chan in a two-part episode of CBS' Amazing Spider-Man television series, which starred Nicholas Hammond as Spidey.

Chao's other television credits include Diff'rent Strokes, M*A*S*H, AfterMASH, The O.C. and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. She has also appeared in such films as The Big Brawl, What Dreams May Come and Freaky Friday. She will star in Disney's upcoming live-action remake of Mulan as Hua Li, Mulan's mother.

Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, Tony Leung as the Mandarin and Awkwafina. The film arrives in theaters on Feb. 12, 2021.


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