Action Mulan Casts Gong Li, Donnie Yen, and Jet Li

Jet Li in Fearless back in 2006

Jet Li in Fearless back in 2006

Chinese stars Gong Li and Jet Li are joining the cast of Disney's live-action reboot of Mulan.

The original animated feature of Mulan, released in 1998, grossed US$304.3 million worldwide.

Mulan is set for a March 27th, 2020 release. Perhaps that will change in this telling?

With Disney's move to re-make all of their animation classics into live-action films, the challenge was always going to be casting the right actors to bring these beloved characters to life. This is quite different from the animated version, where the antagonist, Shan Yu, was a large, intimidating male warrior with no supernatural abilities.

Mulan's sister will be another new character being introduced in the film, and she'll be played by Xana Tang, a New Zealand actress of Chinese and Vietnamese descent. A longtime muse of Zhang Yimou since her debut in 1988's Red Sorghum, she also has starred in his The Story of Qiu Ju (for which she won two best actress awards at Venice), Raise the Red Lantern, Curse of the Golden Flower and, most recently, 2014's Coming Home. The films follows Mulan, who defies her father by disguising herself as a man and fighting in the Chinese army against the Huns. In addition, there will apparently be no musical numbers (despite the famed epicness of "I'll Make a Man Out of You").

Liu Yifei will take on the role of Mulan, after the Hollywood Reporter said she was picked out of almost 1,000 candidates!

Like Yen, Jet Li has appeared in many of Hong Kong and China's most popular action movies over the past three decades. While fans find the new story questionable, this cast will likely do a good job bringing it to life.

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