Disney has officially started production on its live-action rendition of their 1998 cartoon classic, Mulan. On Monday, the company tweeted a photo of actress Liu Yifei in full Mulan gear to make the official announcement. And, yes, China's hero looks as fierce as you'd expect IRL.
- Disney (@Disney) August 13, 2018
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Liu was chosen to play the iconic role out of "nearly 1,000 candidates for the role across five continents." She stars alongside Jet Li as the Emperor, Jason Scott Lee as villain Bori Khan, Yoson An as Mulan's love interest Chen Honghui, Donnie Yen as mentor figure Commander Tung, and Xana Tang as the heroine's sister. Other castmembers include Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ron Yuan, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Cheng Pei-Pei, Nelson Lee, and Gong Li.
From the way things are shaping up, this is definitely going to be different from the Fa Mulan you know and love. There isn't even a Li Shang or Mushu! But here's hoping it turns out anywhere near as good as the original-although, it is pretty hard to compete with.
Mulan is set to premiere on March 27, 2020.
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