Following the worldwide success of Beauty and the Beast, Disney continues to roll out a number of live-action reboots of their beloved classics. Just a few months ago, the production company announced the official cast of Aladdin featuring the likes of Will Smith and newcomers Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud. This week, it’s the live-action Mulan that’s making headlines after Disney officially announced who will be taking on the lead role.
Chinese actress Liu Yifei, known in Hollywood as Crystal Liu, is poised to star as the brave warrior Mulan in the reboot set to be released in 2019. Learn why Disney decided to cast Crystal Liu as Mulan by getting to know more about this popular actress.
Disney Announces Casting of Chinese Actress Crystal Liu as Mulan
Disney held a worldwide search for the film’s main star, citing that they were looking for someone young and of Chinese descent. Thousands of actresses tried it out, but it was singer and actress Crystal Liu who beat out the rest. The 30-year-old is hardly a newcomer in her native country, China. She is widely known for her appearance in several movies including Hollywood film The Forbidden Kingdom, where she acted alongside Jackie Chan.
The plot is based on the folktale The Ballad of Mulan, in which a young woman by the name of Hua Mulan disguises herself as a man to take her father’s place in the army during fifth-century China. The 1998 animated film featured the voices of Ming Na-Wen, B.D. Wong, and Eddie Murphy. One of the most notable songs from the film is “Reflection,” which was performed by Broadway star Lea Salonga.
Niki Caro, director of McFarland, USA, Whale Rider, and North Country, is set to direct the project together with producers Jason Reed, Chris Bender, and Jake Weiner. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‘s Bill Kong will serve as executive producer.
The studio’s recent push of live-action reboots comes on the heels of the box office success of Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast, the latter being the biggest movie of the year. The studio is also gearing up for Dumbo with Alice in Wonderland‘s Tim Burton directing.