Based on an ancient Chinese legend, Mulan is the story of a young woman who disguises herself as a man to join the army.
A team of casting directors travelled across five continents for the demanding role, which requires mastery of martial arts, ability to speak English and the ineffable charisma to partake the role of a Disney protagonist.
However, according to a article, the response to Disney's choice has been somewhat mixed in China with netizens criticizing Liu for being a boring, bad actor that has been in too many box office flops.
Disney has seemed to find the right actress for the part.
Actress Liu Yifei, who arrived at the red carpet of the 7th Beijing International Film Festival on April 16, 2017 in Beijing, China, has been cast as Mulan in the new Disney film.
All of her past experiences combined have made her the ideal actress for the role, as Disney's casting director searched five continents and saw around 1,000 actresses before deciding she should play Mulan.
The actress has had significant experience acting in worldwide films, appearing alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li in The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), and opposite Emile Hirsch in The Chinese Widow (2017), a period drama by Danish director Billie August. A master of the regal red carpet look, she regularly chooses high-drama pieces that highlight her delicate beauty.
Niki Caro, who coordinated "Whale Rider", "North Country" and Disney's "McFarland, USA", will steerage the task, Disney stated, and Jason Reed, Chris Bender and Jake Weiner will create. This is one of several live-action adaptations Disney has in the works, with others including Aladdin, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid.