Disney has found its Mulan for the live-action remake of the hit 1998 animated movie.
Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, will star as legendary warrior woman from fifth-century China. Niki Caro, who helmed Whale Rider and The Zookeeper’s Wife, is set to direct. More casting announcements are expected soon.
An actress, model and singer, the 30-year-old Liu is one of the most popular performers in China, where she’s frequently referred to as “Fairy Sister.” She’s perhaps best known to Western audiences for her role in 2008’s The Forbidden Kingdom, opposite Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
Mulan is only the latest in a series of live-action remakes of Disney animated classics, following the studio’s success with such films as Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book. Other projects in the pipeline include The Lion King, Aladdin and Dumbo.
Disney’s animated Mulan, which featured the voices of Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy and B.D. Wong, earned $304 million worldwide, won an Annie Award for best animated feature, and was nominated for an Academy Award for best musical score.
The live-action film is produced by Jason Reed, Chris Bender and Jake Weiner, with Bill Kong executive producing.
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