Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Action Mulan Begins Production

Action Mulan Begins Production

Disney has announced that its live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated classic Mulan has kicked off production. To coincide with its start, the studio has shared the first look at star Lui Yifei as the title character. She has served as spokeswoman for Dior, Garnier, Tissot, and Pantene, and has appeared in films including "The Forbidden Kingdom", "Outcast" and "Once Upon a Time".

Mulan is based on the Chinese folk tale of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China.

Production, which began Monday, will take place in China and New Zealand.

Disney has released the first photo for the live-action Mulan.

While Liu may not have much star power outside of China, the same cannot be said of martial arts legends Donnie Yen and Jet Li, who were revealed to be joining the film's cast earlier this year, Yen as Mulan's mentor and Li as the Chinese emperor.

However, other actors who have been cast include Jet Li as the Emperor of China, Gong Li as the villainous witch and Jason Scott-Lee as a warrior hell-bent on revenge. The film will be directed by New Zealander Niki Caro, who previously helmed Whale Rider and The Zookeeper's Wife. Instead of allowing her elderly father to be forced into war, Mulan disguises herself as a man and enlists in his stead.

Mulan is due to hit cinemas in the USA on March 27, 2020.

Basically, fans are going to be getting a much different version of the film from the animated one.

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