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Disney Finds Lead for Live-Action 'Mulan'

Disney Finds Lead for Live-Action 'Mulan'

Hollywood films have repeatedly faced criticism over "whitewashing", casting white actors in Asian roles.

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

In the year-long lead up to the casting, more than 100,000 people signed a petition online to encourage Disney to ensure an Asian actress would play Mulan.

The 30-year-old actress, who is also known as Crystal Liu, is a well-known Chinese model, actress and singer.

The upcoming live-action "Mulan" remake will be directed by Niki Caro of "The Zookeeper's Wife" and is expected to be released in 2019.

A team of casting directors traveled across the globe and sorted through almost 1,000 candidates before singling out Liu for the role, which required the candidate to possess star quality, credible martial arts skills, speak fluent English, and of course, be of Asian origin. The ancient folk tale recounts the story of Hua Mulan, who hid her identity and gender to serve in the Chinese army to spare her aged father and younger brother from fighting.

Most recently, Scarlett Johansson played a character originally Japanese in the film Ghost in the Shell.

In Liu, Disney found the complete package. 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. She is fluent in English, having lived in Queens, N.Y., for part of her childhood, and acted 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.

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