United Nations Development Programme goodwill ambassador Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh giving a special keynote address at the Sustainability and Renewable Energy Forum in Kuching. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR

The worst kept secret in Hollywood is out. On Dec 10, Disney officially announced that Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh will be starring in the Asian superhero flick, Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings opposite Simu Liu.

The Malaysian actress plays a character named Jiang Nan in the film and it will see her reunite with her Crazy Rich Asian co-star Awkwafina.

Back in August when Yeoh was asked if she was cast in the movie at a press event for Time100 Talks, the star simply replied: “It will come out when the time is right.”

She did add that it is about time Asians get represented in a big way on the big screen.

“When that (movie) was announced last year and they introduced who they were doing as the Marvel superhero and it was an Asian superhero, it was like, ‘Yes, finally!’ When do we get to be represented like that?” Yeoh said at the Time event.

The 58-year-old took to Instagram on Dec 11 to confirm her role in Shang-Chi as well.

“Finally… it is official and Yes I am part of Shang-Chi, the first Asian superhero film…Thank you Marvel. Thank you to our wonderful producers, adorable cast and crew for keeping us safe and well during these difficult times. Thank you Sydney for the seamless preventive measures and social distancing rules

“It was a very special journey, amazing reunion with old friends, beautiful opportunity to make new ones and be so inspired by new young talents.

“Remember, Together we can and will do better and be stronger. I can’t wait to see all of you in the theatre soon.”

Shang-Chi, which opens at cinemas on July 9, 2021, also stars Hong Kong actor Tony Leung, former TVB star Fala Chen and Malaysia-born comedian Ronny Chieng.

Michelle Yeoh looking spiffy as a lethal librarian in ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’ first look

The Malaysian actress (left) plays an assassin alongside Angela Bassett (centre) and Carla Gugino in ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’. Photo: Michelle Yeoh/Instagram

Malaysian actress Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh is one of the cast members in the upcoming action film Gunpowder Milkshake which is headlined by Karen Gillan (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and co-stars Lena Headey, Angela Bassett and Carla Gugino.

Directed by Navot Papushado, Gunpowder Milkshake is said to take place on a single night, when a group of female assassins come together to fight to stop a cycle of violence.

It focuses on Gillan’s character Sam, whose mother – an assassin – abandons her, only to grow up as a ruthless hit-woman herself.

When one of her missions, involving an eight-year-old girl (Chloe Coleman), goes wrong, Sam has no choice but to reunite with her mother (Headey) and her lethal associates The Librarians (Yeoh, Bassett and Gugino) to set things right.

The movie, which filmed from June to August 2019, is scheduled to be out next year.