Disney Live-Action "Mulan" Casts Two of China's Biggest Stars

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Actor Donnie Yen has joined the cast of Disneys live-action reboot of "Mulan". Gong Li has been confirmed as the movie's villain, a powerful witch.

Disney's live action MULAN, directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider), isn't having any trouble finding the top Chinese talent for roles.

For the role of the Emperor of China, who orders the troop conscription that ultimately leads to Mulan posing as a boy to take the place of her father in the army, the production has its eyes on another Chinese superstar: Jet Li. Yen's character doesn't appear in the original animated musical, indicating Disney isn't approaching Mulan the same way they approached their live-action Beauty and the Beast, which was essentially a scene-for-scene remake of the animated film.

Jet Li has flirted with success in North America and the worldwide action scene over the years. In addition to "Rogue One", you might also know him from "xXx: Return of Xander Cage", "Ip Man", "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny", "Iron Monkey", or "Seven Swords". She's also starred in Chinese Box, Miami Vice, Hannibal Rising, and Memoirs of a Geisha. Chris Bender, Jason Reed and Jake Weiner are producing.

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While this is fantastic, I'm even more excited to talk about who's going to be playing the emperor: Jet Li!

Casting began late a year ago, when Liu Yifei was confirmed to play Mulan in the live-action retelling. While I'm not a fan of live-action reboots, the Beauty and the Beast one was incredible.

Caro will begin shooting the film in August in locations in China and New Zealand in order to make Disney's planned March 27, 2020 release date.

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