The movie, which is inspired by Hua Mulan, the Chinese folk heroine who took her aged fathers place in battle, will be directed by Niki Caro. You got it. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Disney's latest live-action remake has added action superstar Jet Li and Miami Vice's Gong Li to the ever-growing cast. In addition, Chinese-Vietnamese actress Xana Tang has joined the cast as Mulan's sister, a new role created for the film. Last night, word broke that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Donnie Yen had boarded the film as well. For Mulan, Gong Li will be playing the villain of the movie, a powerful witch.
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.
Disney's live-action version of the classic Disney tale comes on the heels of various revival projects like "The Jungle Book" and "Beauty and the Beast", both of which grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
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Boot Camp won't be the only thing she'll have to face, however, as Mulan has also cast Gong Li in the role of the film's main villain, which will feature a big change from the original animated film.
Born in Beijing, Jet Li started out as a martial arts star in his native country with a number of franchises before making his Hollywood debut in Lethal Weapon 4, released the same year as the original Mulan. The New Zealand-based actress' credits include local series Filthy Rich and Australian series The Letdown and Dead Lucky.
According to Deadline, Yen will play Commander Tung, who is a mentor and teacher to Mulan.