The search is over. Disney has lastly discovered its Mulan. Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also called Crystal Liu, has been solid as Mulan within the studio’s upcoming live-action adaptation. Directed by Niki Caro, the movie is impressed by each the legendary ballad of Hua Mulan and the 1998 Disney animated traditional.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, casting administrators noticed “nearly 1,000 candidates” throughout 5 continents for the function of Mulan, the titular heroine who runs away from dwelling and disguises herself as a person to hitch the Chinese military within the combat in opposition to the oncoming Hun invasion. After a year-long search, Liu was solid.
Earlier this yr, Caro described her imaginative and prescient for Mulan as “a big, girly martial arts epic,” so discovering an actress with credible martial arts expertise, in addition to the power to talk fluent English, was essential. For Disney, Liu was clearly a lady value preventing for.
Liu is a widely known actress, mannequin, and singer in China, having acted in English in 2008’s The Forbidden Kingdom with Jackie Chan and 2014’s Outcast with Nic Cage. Although Disney has but to announce if Caro’s adaptation will function the memorable songs from the animated movie à la this yr’s field workplace juggernaut Beauty and the Beast, Liu’s musical expertise solely provides to her star energy.
Based on a Chinese folktale, the unique Mulan earned $304.three million worldwide, and acquired a number of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. The widespread heroine has since adopted the Disney Princess™ moniker, however that does not make her any much less badass. She’s even seen a resurgence in recognition because of her recurring look on Once Upon a Time, the place she’s a bisexual warrior performed by Jamie Cheung.
But here is what I actually need to know: Who will play Mushu, the tiny dragon with a complete lot of angle? Will it’s a motion-capture state of affairs or nah? These are the ideas that preserve me up at night time.
Mulan is slated for launch in 2019.