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Simu Liu To Play Villain Opposite Jennifer Lopez In Netflix Sci-Fi Thriller Atlas

Are you ready to see Simu Liu as a bad guy? 

Simu Liu is taking a break from play from superheroes to portray a villain in the upcoming Netflix movie Atlas.


The Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings star has landed a role alongside Jennifer Lopez, Sterling K Brown and Abraham Popoola in the sci-fi film.

Per Deadline, the film follows Atlas, a woman fighting for humanity in a future where an AI soldier has determined the only way to end the war is to end humanity. To outthink this rogue AI, Atlas must work with the one thing she fears most — another AI.

Liu shared the news of his latest project on Instagram by posting a Deadline article and captioned it, "*twirls mustache*" Over on Twitter, he wrote, "Excited to be joining this phenomenal cast of humans as I ENTER MY VILLAIN ERA MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH (sic)"

Brad Peyton — best known for directing the Dwayne Johnson vehicles Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, San Andreas and Rampage — is helming the film. Aron Eli Coleite is writing the most recent draft of the script based off Leo Sardarian’s original screenplay.


Atlas is part of the creative partnership between Lopez's Nuyorican Productions and Netflix which sees JLo, her producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and manager Benny Medina working on a slate of films, TV series and other content with the streaming giant.


The partnership focuses on works that support female actors, writers and filmmakers.

Liu recently worked on Greta Gerwig's Barbie, which he stars alongside Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.

In that movie, Liu not only got to show off his comic chops but also had his body waxed, an experience he would never forget.

"Waxing has been an education to say the least. It was one of the most painful experiences of my life," he told  The Independent. "I have such a newfound admiration for the incredibly brave women who go through this on a monthly basis."


Little is known about the plot of the Barbie movie and Simu is a fan of how movie bosses have approached the project.


He said: "Honestly, the discourse online is giving me life. With every casting announcement or bit of news, they’re like: ‘What is this?’ And that’s perfect — the less you know about it the better."

Barbie opens in cinemas in July 2023. No word on when shooting on Atlas will commence. — BANG SHOWBIZ

Photos: TPG News/Click Photos

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Hollywood Simu Liu Jennifer Lopez Sterling K. Brown Abraham Popoola Brad Peyton Aron Eli Colette Leo Sardarian Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas Benny Medina Margot Robbie Ryan Gosling

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