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Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan' Remake Adds Jet Li and Gong Li

12 April 2018, 10:40 | Justin Tyler

Donnie Yen To Star In Disney's Live Action 'Mulan'

Donnie Yen Mulan

The movie, which is inspired by Hua Mulan, the Chinese folk heroine who took her aged fathers place in battle, will be directed by Niki Caro.

In November a year ago it was announced that Chinese actress Liu Yifei will play the title role in Disney's upcoming adaptation of the animated favorite Mulan.

Worldwide action star Donnie Yen has been set to star in the live action Mulan based on Disney's classic animated film and the legendary ballad.

Jet Li is in final negotiations to portray the Emperor of China who orders one male from each household to be conscripted into the military.

The new iteration of Mulan will translate the 1998 animated Disney classic, which starred Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, and BD Wong, into immersive live action - and might even keep some of campy songs that made the cartoon film so endearing.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Jet Li (The Expendables 3) and Gong Li (Ana) will be starring in Disney's live-action movie Mulan! Gong Li, meanwhile, will play the film's villain, "a powerful witch". Other films on her resumé include Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine, Wayne Wang's Chinese Box and in Hollywood films Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice and Hannibal Rising. Xana Tang (Filthy Rich) is also joining the cast as Mulan's sister.

The casting process for Disney's live-action Mulan remake is picking up steam. Production is expected to begin in August with filming in China and New Zealand for a March 27, 2020th release date.

Yen, last seen in Disney's 2016 Star Wars prequel film Rogue One, will be appearing in the film as Commander Tung, a mentor and teacher to Mulan, Deadline reported.

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