Who Plays Mulan in the Live-Action Movie?

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

As depicted in the animated film, Mulan disguised herself as a man to take her father's place in the army.

After visiting five continents and auditioning over 1,000 actresses for the role, which required the ability to speak English and known basic martial arts, Disney has chosen Liu. 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.

But one with special consideration riding on it is Mulan, an adaptation of the 1998 film from Walt Disney Animation Studios that combined Chinese legend with a surprisingly progressive story of femininity (at least by '90s standards).

In the years since wrapping her TV series, Yifei has gone on to star in many films, both in China and in the United States, which helped prove to Disney that she's a ideal crossover actress.

The new Mulan will be the latest live-action remake that Disney has undertaken, after its reboot of Beauty and The Beast, which cast Emma Watson in the lead role. In China, she is a popular actress with the public nickname "The Fairy Sister".

Yifei, 30, already has a major following in China after starring a number of TV and film roles there, and has also appeared in several American productions including "The Hidden Kingdom" in 2008.

"The studio and the filmmakers have bent over backwards trying to find someone who checks everyone's boxes, which, as you know, is impossible", the source said.

The live-action Mulan adaption will be directed by Niki Caro, a New Zealand-born director who most recently oversaw The Zookeeper's Wife.

Disney has finally found the star of its upcoming live-action "Mulan" film!

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