Disney is quickly putting the final touches on its cast for their live-action adaptation of Mulan. As its being reported that martial arts legend Jet Li and longtime actress Gong Li are in talks to join the cast.
Li is in final talks to play the emperor of China, who orders the mobilization of troops via the conscription of one male from each household. The titular heroine, Hua Mulan (Liu Yifei), disguises herself as a man in order to spare her elderly father from having to join the military.
Meanwhile, Gong Li is confirmed as the villain of Mulan, a powerful witch (this appears to be a departure from Disney’s 1998 animated version, in which the primary antagonist was Shan Yu, leader of the invading Huns).
Also joining the cast is Chinese-Vietnamese actress Xana Tang, who will play Mulan’s sister (another original character for the live-action film).
The film stars Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu as the title character of Mulan and recently announced martial arts superstar Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, a mentor and teacher to Mulan. The film will be directed by Niki Caro, Which will begin production this August in China, New Zealand, and Australia.
Disney’s live-action remakes have grossed over $4.5 billion at the worldwide box so far, and will look to continue that success with Mulan, and remakes of Dumbo, Aladdin, The Lion King, Sword In The Stone, Lady In The Tramp, Peter Pan, And The Little Mermaid all in active production and/or development.
Disney’s Mulan will hit theaters on March 27, 2020.