Liu Yifei (Outcast, The Four Trilogy, White Vengeance) – also known as Crystal Liu – will be starring in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan, which will be helmed by Niki Caro (The Zookeeper’s Wife).
According to THR, a team of casting directors visited five continents and saw nearly 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. In deference to cultural accuracy, the studio focused on locating an ethnically Chinese young woman to play Hua Mulan, who disguised herself as a man to take her father’s army conscription in fifth-century China.
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about Mulan. Until then, here’s the Trailer for 1954’s Lady General Hua Mulan, starring Ivy Ling Po.