Chinese Actress Liu Yifei To Star In 'Mulan'

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Chinese Actress Liu Yifei To Star In 'Mulan'

Niki Caro, who most newly helmed The Zookeeper's Wife, is directing Disney's live-action Mulan, which is being molded by Chris Bender, Jason Reed, and Jake Weiner and eyeing a 2019 release.

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".

The 1994 animated Mulan made US$304.3 million worldwide and received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. It joins a string of live-action adaptations of Disney hits, including Beauty And The Beast this year and The Jungle Book last year. Initial reactions that followed were just tweet after tweet of excitement from the news.

According to CNN, Disney has cast Liu Yifei as the title character in the upcoming live action remake of MULAN.

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In the upcoming film, Liu will play the titular role of Hua Mulan, a legendary woman warrior who disguises herself as a man in order to enlist herself in the army and take her feeble father's place in 5th century China.

One recent example is this year's science-fiction film "Ghost in the Shell", which saw actress Scarlett Johansson in the role of a Japanese character, which drew heavy criticism and demands to boycott the production.

Casting directors were looking for a young ethnic Chinese woman who had martial arts skills, star quality and could speak English, the report said.

Disney's upcoming re-telling won't be Liu's first Hollywood project, though. 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. She has appeared in films like The Forbidden Kingdom with Jackie Chan and Outcast with Nicolas Cage. Now, the next important question is: Who will play the hunky Captain Li Shang?

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