The ancient folk tale recounts the story of Hua Mulan, who hid her identity and gender to serve in the Chinese army to spare her aged father and younger brother from fighting. Then, came the concern about who's going to play the Chinese heroine because the fans are not ready to handle another series of Hollywood whitewashing in Asian roles.
Disney has found its Mulan.
Chinese actress Liu Yifei or also known as Crystal Liu, will be playing the lead role in the live-action film adaptation of famous Disney movie "Mulan".
The new film is expected to hit cinemas in 2019, 20 years after the release of the original animated version, which grossed US$304m worldwide.
According to Hollywood Reporter, a team of casting directors made time to visit five continents and saw almost 1,000 candidates for the lead role, which requires incredible martial arts skills, the ability to speak fluent in English and having the "star quality". A team of casting directors visited five continents to find an actress who was well-versed in martial arts and English and - most of all - possessed star quality.
Disney announced the news yesterday on their blog and the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, Sina Weibo. You know, when Scarlett Johansson played a Japanese character in Ghost in the Shell and Matt Damon's lead role in Chinese historical movie The Great Wall. She starred in the Chinese-American 2008 film, The Forbidden Kingdom, alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li and also featured in 2014's Outcast, which starred Nicholas Cage and Hayden Christensen.
After a year-long search and a few bumps in the road when certain issues followed the upcoming live-action remake, Disney finally found its "Mulan".