The release date for Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Mulan has been delayed by more than a year, giving fans ample time to get excited for the big reveal. With the slow burn to 2020, the release of the cast list has been similarly drawn out—but now, it looks like the much-anticipated Disney reboot is finally coming together. Ahead, everything we know so far.
Niki Caro is the director.
Caro’s resume is beyond impressive, filled with a plethora of acclaimed indie crowd-pleasers, including, , and The Zookeeper’s Wife. Suffice it to say, we can’t wait to see what flare she brings to the live-action Disney adaptation.
The release is scheduled for March 27, 2020.
Originally, the film was scheduled to be released in 2018, but has since been delayed by more than a full calendar year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney’s delay was a result of the year-long search taken to find the right actress for the lead role of Mulan.
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Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, has been cast in the lead role of Hua Mulan.
The process of casting Mulan took time because the studio and production team were focused on casting an ethnically Chinese actress. Reportedly, the process took a team of casting directors to five continents, where they saw nearly 1,000 candidates before casting Yifei.
Besides being one of China’s most popular actresses and appearing in several hit television dramas, Yifei has also acted in a few English-speaking roles, including 2008’s The Forbidden Kingdom opposite Jackie Chan and Outcast with Nicolas Cage in 2014.
Donnie Yen will play Mulan’s mentor, Commander Tung.
AV Club. No stranger to Disney, Yen recently appeared in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.has just been cast as Commander Tung, described as “a mentor and teacher to Mulan,” according to
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Gong Li will play the film’s villain.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Gong Li will play the villain of the live-action Mulan, a powerful witch. It’s an interesting departure from the 1998 animated classic, in which the primary antagonist was Shan Yu, the leader of the invading Huns. Li has previously starred opposite Jeremy Irons in Chinese Box as well as the films Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice, and Hannibal Rising.
Jet Li is in final talks to play the emperor of China.