Disney's Live-Action Mulan Remake Finds Its Lead Actress

Chinese actress Liu Yifei will star in the upcoming remake.

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Disney's live-action remake of Mulan has found its lead actress. It has been confirmed that Chinese actress Liu Yifei will play the title role in the studio's upcoming adaptation of the animated favorite.

In the West, Yifei is known for such movies as Jackie Chan's The Forbidden Kingdom and the Nicolas Cage's Outcast. As well as being one of China's most popular stars, she is also fluent in English, having previously lived in New York.

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Last year it was reported that Disney was deliberately seeking an all-Asian cast, to avoid the accusations of "white-washing" that have been levelled at a number of high-profile movies lately. This year's anime adaptation Ghost in the Shell was criticised for casting Scarlett Johansson in the lead role, while actor Ed Skrein quit the upcoming reboot of Hellboy after learning that the role he had taken was Asian in the Hellboy comic books.

Mulan is to be directed by New Zealand filmmaker Niki Caro, who previously helmed The Zookeeper's Wife. The movie doesn't currently have a release date, but it is expected in 2019. It will combine the story of the 1998 animated film with the tale of the legendary Hua Mulan, who impersonated a man to fight against a Hun invasion in the 4th Century.

Mulan is just one of several live-action remakes of classic Disney movies currently in development. New versions of The Lion King and Aladdin are expected in 2019, with Dumbo, Pinocchio, and The Jungle Book 2 also in the works.

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Live action no thanks, now animated like Shrek oh yea!

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the cartoon wasnt terrible, i need eddie murphy back as the dragon though, it would be like having shrek with no donkey

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Deliberate all Asian cast? Time to complain how non Chinese actors shouldn’t be portraying Chinese people and that non Asian actors can portray Chinese people too if their acting skills are good enough! j/k

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A chick that's gonna be dressed as a dude. Oh boy, hope Disney doesn't try to turn this into some leftist propaganda shite.

I remember her from Forbidden Kingdom, she's cute.

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@ThePlantain: Women dressing up as men was a common plot line in older Chinese novels and shows for old/ancient time periods in China. Maybe it is new to the western audiences, but not when you take into account the Chinese story arcs.

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@streamline: Interesting, but I didn’t say that out of ignorance...more of a jab at Hollywood’s pandering to certain groups nowadays

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Let's hope her love interest is not white.

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@walidras: so much for an all asian cast?

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Remake, remake, remake, remade, remade, remade, made, made, made, mad, mad, MAD!!

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@domiddian: Is there any originality left in hollywierd? Remake by changing genders, remake cartoons into live action, remake remakes.....

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@proxima1025: There are hundreds of movies released every year, and we get maybe 10 remakes/sequels and what not out of the 100. I have seen about 4-5 times as many movies come out that didn't fall into the those categories than movies that did, although not all are good at all.

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@proxima1025: I hear ya. No one wants to take risks any more. What they don't realise is that not taking risks will ultimately burn them to the ground.

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Oh, interesting. Are they going to actually make it historically accurate this time or ...

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Scarlett Johansson passed on the part, I guess.

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@jfmorris: ICWUTUDIDTHERE

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@olddadgamer: ITHINKEVERY1DID

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@domiddian: Touche.

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The tone of these cartoons just doesn't translate. I believe this concept does, but it will probably have that whimsical fantasy Disney vibe which just feels campy and not nearly as charming as it was in the original animated format. Beauty and the Beast was a lazy cash grab, it would be nice to see them attempt to do a better job in the future.

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Live action of these carton classics is another cash grab.

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@sdecker425: Agreed. I don't even think of Mulan as a classic. I know others would disagree, but I never thought it was that great of a movie. Certainly not as good as a lot of the other Disney movies (IMO).

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@jcharp: It's a classic lore in China.

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♪Lets get down to business to defeat the Huns♪ *Takes shirt off* ♪Be a man.. We must be swift as the coursing river, Be a man.. With all the force of a great typhoon, Be a man.. With all the strength of a raging fire♪

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@gamingdevil800: How could you not put in "Mysterious as the dark side of the moooooooooooooon"?

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@domiddian: LOL If they actually put this song in it would be funny to see it in live action.

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@gamingdevil800: They gotta. It's an awesome tune. You might get some feminists complaining, but it'd be worth it!

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