Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Donnie Yen Cast in Disney's Live Action MULAN Movie

Donnie Yen Cast in Disney's Live Action MULAN Movie

Since debuting as Jui'er in 1987's Red Sorghum, Gong Li has gone on to star in a number of Zhang Yimou's films, including The Story of Qiu Ju, Raise the Red Lantern, Curse of the Golden Glower, and Coming Home.

Casting began late previous year, when Liu Yifei was confirmed to play Mulan in the live-action retelling. Xana Tang (Filthy Rich) is also joining the cast as Mulan's sister.

Deadline reports that Rogue One's Donnie Yen has been cast in the live action Mulan movie along side Chinese actress Liu Yifei who has been cast as the titular role.

Chinese actress Gong Li (Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice) has signed on to play the villain of Mulan, according to the Hollywood Reporter, a "powerful witch".

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The coolness factor of Disney's live-action Mulan has just increased considerably.

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.

In November previous year it was announced that Chinese actress Liu Yifei will play the title role in Disney's upcoming adaptation of the animated favorite Mulan. At this point Li is reportedly in "final talks" to join the film, and add Disney blockbusters to his long list of accomplishments. Between him and Yen, the studio is clearly looking to make sure Mulan will have global appeal and is casting big stars to guarantee just that.

While Jet is the bigger name, the role for Gong is perhaps the more notable one. The leader of the Huns was an imposing and purposefully villainous looking man. After Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, Robert Stromberg's Maleficent and Kenneth Branagh's Alice in Wonderland cleaned up at the box office, Disney realized there was gold in them there live-action remake hills.

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