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Liu Yifei cast as Mulan in Disney's live action adaptation

Liu Yifei cast as Mulan in Disney's live action adaptation

In addition to having "credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English", and "star quality", the directors were specifically looking for someone who was "ethnically Chinese" to play the title character, Hua Mulan. Becoming a celebrity in the mid-2000s after breaking out on Chinese television, the actress has left a mark in the worldwide film industry, which is about to become much more impactful as she will star as one of Disney's most beloved heroines. Not only can she act and carry off complicated fight scenes, Liu is also quite capable of singing-she's released chart-topping albums both in Chinese and Japanese.

Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of Mulan has found its female lead.

Word of the casting comes via The Hollywood Reporter, where it's also noted that Liu spent part of her younger years in Queens, NY.

Already a celebrated figure in the entertainment industry in her native China, Liu has been nicknamed "fairy sister" in the media due to her image. Her film credits include 2012's The Assassins, Ip Man 3, and fantasy drama Once Upon a Time.

Liu was cast after a yearlong search worldwide, beating almost 1,000 hopefuls for the role, the Associated Press reported.

You can now find the movie on Netflix.

For more on some of Disney's other live-action remakes, check out the casts of Aladdin and Tim Burton's Dumbo film, as well as our review of the Beauty and the Beast remake.

The actress is the very first one to be cast in the exciting Disney live-action which is reportedly set to be directed by Nikki Caro, who you might know from the recent project The Zookeeper's Wife.


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