First look at Liu Yifei as Disney's fearless warrior 'Mulan'
If this picture doesn't do much to excite you, then I'd advise you check your pulse for signs of life.
Production for Disney's live-action adaptation of Mulan is officially underway! To celebrate the momentous occasion, Disney unveiled our first look at Liu Yifei's titular heroine, Hua Mulan. At first glance, she looks every bit like the fearless warrior she is destined to become!
Disney’s live-action film is based on 1998's beloved animated feature following Hua Mulan, a young girl who disguises herself as a man in order to spare her aging father's enlistment after the emperor orders the mobilization of troops.
Actress Liu Yifei (also known as Crystal Liu) is set to portray Mulan, who takes the reins from 1988’s original Mulan voiced by actress Ming-Na Wen. Joining Liu will be an all-star cast of Asian actors, including legends Jet Li - as the emperor of China, Gong Li - the film’s primary villain, who’s described as a “powerful witch,” and Donnie Yen - as Commander Tung, Mulan’s mentor.
According to Disney's press release, the live-action character of Mulan is “spirited, determined and quick on her feet” who eventually becomes “one of China’s greatest warriors ever.”
Niki Caro (Zookeeper's Wife) is directing from a script by Rick Jaffa (Planet of the Apes Series, Jurassic World, Avatar 3). Production will take place in China and New Zealand and will release worldwide March 27, 2020.
First Crazy Rich Asians and now Mulan. It’s time American cinema began to start telling story’s elevating Asian culture, starring Asian actors. The time is now.