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Disney Has Found the Star of Its Live-Action Mulan Remake

From TIME - November 29, 2017

Disney has found a lead for its live-action Mulan.

Following a worldwide search, the studio announced Wednesday that it has cast Chinese actress Liu Yifei (a.k.a. Crystal Liu) as Hua Mulan. Stemming from Disneys trend of adapting its library of animated classics as live-action feature films, this new take on the warrior woman sees a young woman disguise herself as a man to take her fathers place in the army against the backdrop of fifth-century China.

Liu, nicknamed Fairy Sister in China, is one of her native countrys most popular actresses. Since breaking out in various television shows in the 2000s, shes appeared in films like The Forbidden Kingdom (with Jackie Chan and Jet Li), White Vengeance, Outcast (with Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen), Ip Man 3 (with Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson), and this years The Chinese Window (with Emile Hirsch).

Niki Caro (The Zookeepers Wife) will direct this new take on Mulan, which is inspired by both the 1998 animated film and the centuries-old folktale. The film is based on a script initially penned by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek and rewritten by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.

The budget and the location and the story [are] offering such scope to me for [an] incredible, muscular piece of girly martial arts extravaganza in China. And I cant wait, Caro said in March. Ive got my little girl, shes 9, the filmmaker added. Were going to start learning mixed martial arts in preparation.

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