Disney's Live-Action Mulan Casts Jet Li, Gong Li & More

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It has now been reported that she will be joined by martial arts superstar and Star Wars: Rogue One actor Donnie Yen.

Donnie Yen is the fucking (Ip) man.

Disney is evidently in final talks with Jet Li to play the role of emperor of China, who initiates the male from each household draft. Gong Li has been confirmed as the movie's villain, a powerful witch. This is a major change from the animated film, in which the primary antagonist was Shan Yu, leader of the invading Huns. Mulan is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a young woman who posed as a man to go to war in her father's place. The Mulan reboot is set for a 27 March, 2020 release. In addition, Chinese-Vietnamese actress Xana Tang has joined the cast as Mulan's sister, a new role created for the film.

While some were concerned when Mulan was first announced, it very much looks as though Disney is not simply casting a Chinese actress in the lead role, but casting Chinese performers in nearly all the major roles.

The original film was animated and featured the voices of Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, Miguel Ferrer, and BD Wong. Really, this is the latest example of how Disney's straying from their animated film with the live-action rendition.

After first signing Niki Caro (Whale Rider) to direct back in February 2017, Disney's live-action Mulan is now finally moving towards a production start-date. This seems to suggest that if Mulan does end up featuring songs, they'll be new, rather than the songs from the original film - which is kind of a bummer, because a lot of the original film's songs are pretty great.

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