Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan' Casts Chinese Actress Liu Yifei In Title Role

Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan' Casts Liu Yifei As The Lead, So Here's Everything To Know About The Chinese Actor

A team of casting directors visited five continents and saw almost 1,000 candidates for the role, which requires credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English and the most ineffable requirement of all: star quality.

Liu is one of China's most popular actresses. Not only can she act and carry off complicated fight scenes, Liu is also quite capable of singing-she's released chart-topping albums both in Chinese and Japanese.

The live-action "Mulan" is a new adaptation of the classic animated film by the same name, which premiered in 1998 and centers on a woman named Hua Mulan who secretly joins the Chinese army by disguising herself as a male. She is after all a major talent in Chinese cinema during this century, having earned the nickname in the local press of "Fairy Sister" due to her innocent visage.

Liu was cast after a yearlong search worldwide, beating almost 1,000 hopefuls for the role, the Associated Press reported. You may recognize Liu from The Forbidden Kingdom with Jackie Chan, Outcast with Nicolas Cage and The Chinese Widow with Emile Hirsch. Her film credits include 2012's The Assassins, Ip Man 3, and fantasy drama Once Upon a Time. Though a longstanding highlight of American animation, Walt Disney's line of princess movies haven't always been what you'd call forward-thinking.

Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan' Casts Liu Yifei As The Lead, So Here's Everything To Know About The Chinese Actor

The film will be directed by Niki Caro, who is so-far known for his work on the movie Whale Rider.

Disney fans, we have a new Mulan!

In addition, in April, the voice actress who portrayed the animated Mulan, Ming-Na Wen, revealed that she might get to also be involved in the live-action film.

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