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Disney casts Chinese lead in live-action Mulan remake

Disney casts Chinese lead in live-action Mulan remake

The 1998 animation featured hit songs including "Reflection" and "I'll Make a Man Out of You", but filmmaker Caro revealed the new adaptation will not be a musical - unlike the other live-action Disney remakes.

But we've got good news because Disney has finally found their new Mulan after a year-long search, and she is 100 per cent Chinese!

Chinese TV and movie star Liu Yifei, 30, will play plucky heroine Hua Mulan in the film, which is slated for release in 2019. The Hollywood Reporter reports the news that casting directors had visited five continents and saw almost 1,000 candidates for the role of Hua Mulan, the young woman who disguised herself as a man to take her father's army conscription in 5th century China. Candidates were required to know "credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English and the most ineffable requirement of all: star quality", reported The Hollywood Reporter.

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It took a year of searching and almost 1,000 candidates, but the Walt Disney Studios has finally found its Mulan.

The 30-year-old actress is no stranger to the English language, having lived in NY for part of her childhood, and she also acted in the 2008's The Forbidden Kingdom, alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li, and 2014's Outcast, opposite Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen. She has appeared in films like The Forbidden Kingdom with Jackie Chan and Outcast with Nicolas Cage. She also starred opposite Emile Hirsch in Danish auteur Bille August's period romance The Chinese Widow, which opened the Shanghai International Film Festival in June.


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