Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Jet Li and Gong Li joining Disney's live-action 'Mulan'

Jet Li and Gong Li joining Disney's live-action 'Mulan'

Disney's live-action Mulan has landed two massive Chinese stars, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

Mulan of course volunteers herself to join up in place of her elderly father, who appears intent on following the conscription order - but Mulan gets the jump on her family as she sneaks off to sign up to the military effort.

Donnie Yen, who starred in 2016's Rogue One as Chirrut Îmwe and is well-known in China for the Ip Man franchise, will be playing Commander Tung, a mentor figure created specifically for this adaptation. Perhaps that will change in this telling?

Yesterday, news broke that Donnie Yen would be joining the on-screen talent of Disney's upcoming live-action version of Mulan. This is quite different from the animated version, where the antagonist, Shan Yu, was a large, intimidating male warrior with no supernatural abilities. In addition, Chinese-Vietnamese actress Xana Tang has been cast as Mulan's sister, which will be an entirely new role for this movie. It is unknown how big of a part she will play, given that Mulan spends most of the story away from home.

And the witch isn't the only new character to be hitting our screens.

Liu Yifei will take on the role of Mulan, after the Hollywood Reporter said she was picked out of almost 1,000 candidates! Expect many more actors to be cast in the coming months as the studio puts their acting cast together so they can begin filming. 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.

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