Monday, 11 December, 2017

Disney finds its Mulan actress for live-action film

Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan' Casts Liu Yifei As The Lead, So Here's Everything To Know About The Chinese Actor Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan' Casts Chinese Actress Liu Yifei In Title Role
Edmund Wade | 01 December, 2017, 05:51

According to Disney, the upcoming live-action film "will be inspired by both the legendary ballad and the Disney animated classic", so expect a few changes if you prefer the animated adaptation.

Liu is considered one of China's most popular actresses.

Released in 1998, Disney's Mulan became its most empowering adventure yet in the eyes of many young viewers, representing a strength of character not often seen in Western animation's women, people of color, or queer-identifying individuals. She has served as spokeswoman for Dior, Garnier, Tissot and Pantene, and has appeared in films including "The Forbidden Kingdom", "Outcast" and "Once Upon a Time". Just recently, Liu starred opposite Emile Hirsch in the romantic period piece directed by Bille August, The Chinese Widow.Chinese fans have been rooting for the young actress, even creating videos showing her capability in English, horse riding, and martial arts - all the necessities to portray Hua Mulan, a fearless woman who disguised herself as a man to take her father's army conscription in fifth-century China. Caro, who also was being considered by another branch of Disney for Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel, is a strong choice, as she herself must have impressed the House of Mouse who was originally seeking a director of Asian heritage.

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report on this news.

Caro and Mulan mark the third time a woman director will be working with a budget north of $100 million, following Jenkins' Wonder Woman and Ava DuVernay who is now helming A Wrinkle in Time for Disney. The new live-action film is combining the story of the ballad of the legendary Hua Mulan with the original film, which brought in $304M worldwide at the box office.

Mulan's expected to start filming sometime next year.

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