Chinese actress Liu Yifei to star in Disney's live-action Mulan

01 December, 2017, 06:38 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • Crystal Liu

The movie, which is set to be released in 2019, is based on the 1998 animated feature film that grossed more that $300 million dollars worldwide.

Mulan, left, a courageous young Chinese woman secretly disguised as a man, meets her commanding officer, Shang, in this scene from Walt Disney Pictures' "Mulan".

It has been confirmed that renowned Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, will take on the lead character role in the live-action remake of Disney's classic Mulan film.

The studio's emphasis on live-action reboots follows the successes of Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and, most recently, Beauty And The Beast, which is now 2017's biggest box office hit.

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Disney announced previous year that the Mulan reboot would feature an all-Asian cast after fans started a petition to make sure the film is not whitewashed by Hollywood again.

Casting directors were looking for a young ethnic Chinese woman who had martial arts skills, star quality and could speak English, the report said. In the end, Disney found the complete package in Liu, who stood out among almost 1,000 hopefuls.

Chinese actress Liu Yifei has been given the tick of approval from Disney fans following accusations of "whitewashing" in Hollywood. Liu is fluent in English, having lived in Queens, N.Y., for part of her childhood, and represented in English in both 2008's The Forbidden Kingdom, alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li, and 2014's Outcast, opposite Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen. Furthermore, she also appeared in Ip Man 3, with Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson and starred opposite Emile Hirsch in Bille August's 2017 war drama, The Chinese Widow.

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