Disney’s live-action reboot of beloved animated classic Mulan (1998) has ended a prolonged search for its lead by casting Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu.
Liu, who turned 30 in August (2017), recently starred in Chinese production Once Upon a Time and has had made appearances in vastly popular Chinese productions such as IP Man 3, alongside Rogue One – A Star Wars Story star Donnie Yen, where she played the daughter of Mike Tyson’s character.
The movie, which is set to be directed by New Zealand born Niki Caro (Whale Rider – 2002; North Country – 2005), is being produced by Chris Bender, Jason Reed and Jake Weiner, with Jurassic World scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver currently working on a script by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin.
Mulan will be the latest in live-action reboots to beloved animated properties, following the likes of Cinderella, Maleficent, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast in recent years, as well as the announcements of The Lion King, Christopher Robin, Aladdin and Dumbo, which has already begun filming.
Mulan is currently set for a 2019 release.