Disney finds a star for its live-action Mulan

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It's been a while since fans have heard an update, but the live-action Mulan film really is happening.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chinese actor Liu Yifei will play Mulan in Disney's live-action adaptation.

In the original 1998 animated Disney film, about a young Chinese woman who goes undercover as a warrior to save her elderly father from having to do so and facing death, Ming-Na Wen ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.") voiced the the lead character. But Liu is already a star in China, beloved by her fans for her beauty and talent. Her other credits include 2012's The Assassins, which earned Liu her first major acting award (at the Macau International Movie Festival), Never Gone and The Four trilogy.


Liu, who spent part of her childhood in Queens and is fluent in English, acted in English in The Forbidden Kingdom with costars Jackie Chan and Jet Li and Outcast, with costars Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen.

And yes, she can sing: Liu released her self-titled debut album in 2006 with Sony Music, and has more recently sung covers and for soundtracks.

The live-action Mulan will be directed by Niki Caro (The Zookeeper's Wife), and is due in theaters in 2019.


Disney promises that additional announcements regarding Mulan will be made in the coming weeks.

Disney has found a lot of success with its live-action adaptations of its classic animated films with Beauty and the Beast now sitting as the highest-grossing film of 2017 and adaptations of The Lion King, Aladdin, and Dumbo in the pipeline among others.


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