Disney's Live Action MULAN Finds It's Star in Crystal Liu

Posted December 01, 2017

Disney announced the news yesterday on their blog and the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, Sina Weibo.

Disney cast Chinese superstar Liu Yifei as Mulan in the upcoming live-action remake of the beloved 1998 animated film.

Liu, who has also appeared under the stage name Crystal Liu, is an actress, model and singer who began her career in TV dramas before moving into films. Fluent in English and martial arts along with her star qualities, Yifei fit the necessary requirements for the role of Mulan and was chosen from 1,000 other likely candidates across five continents.

The movie, which is set to be released in 2019, is based on the 1998 animated feature film that grossed more that $300 million dollars worldwide.

Disney announced a year ago that the Mulan reboot would feature an all-Asian cast after fans started a petition to make sure the film is not whitewashed by Hollywood again.

It's reported a team of casting directors visited five continents and spoke to almost 1,000 candidates for the role which required credible martial arts skills and the ability to speak English. She also starred opposite Emile Hirsch in Danish auteur Bille August's period romance The Chinese Widow, which opened the Shanghai International Film Festival in June. 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.

Even the original voice of Mulan, Ming-Na Wen, thinks choosing Liu Yifei was a great decision! Disney has finally found the actress to play the titular role for its upcoming live-action remake of Mulan.