UPDATE: Disney’s live action MULAN has found its leading lady in LIU YIFEI aka CRYSTAL LIU. Liu is best known for starring opposite martial arts legends Jet Li and Jackie Chan in 2008’s ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’ and Gordon Chan’s ‘The Four’ trilogy.

Production is set to start in early 2018.

Stay tuned!

SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

UPDATE: Fans might actually get their wish as MING NA WEN is in talks to make a cameo in the upcoming MULAN featured film!

Wen recently spoke on a panel at the Heroes & Villains fest in Nashville and a question came up regarding her involvement in the film and if she has been asked by the studio. She answered:

“All of the above. I’m hoping. I mean, I’ve spoken to one of the producers on the film, and they’re still in the very early stages of it. So, we’re keeping an eye on it, and hopefully, yeah, It would be lovely too, I think, for the fans as well as for myself, right?”

SOURCE: ComicBook.com

After the success of ‘Alice In Wonderland’, ‘Maleficent’, ‘Cinderella’, and the soon to be mega-hit ‘Beauty And The Beast’, DISNEY is on the fast track with their next live-action remake, MULAN.

Director NIKI CARO (The Zookeeper’s Wife, Whale Rider) is set to helm with Hong Kong mega producer BILL KONG (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero) serving as executive producer.

After the recent public backlash regarding Caucasian actors taking on lead roles in Asian themed movies (Ex. The Great Wall, Ghost In The Shell, etc.), producers Chris Bender, Jason Reed and Jake Weiner want fans to know that ‘Mulan’ will be “culturally authentic” with all the main characters remaining Chinese. They even went as far as trying to get an Asian director for the film in ANG LEE (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), but Lee unfortunately could not commit to the project due to scheduling conflict.

VICKI ZHAO (Painted Skin, Red Cliff) previously played the legendary woman warrior in 2009’s ‘Mulan: Rise Of A Warrior’ directed by Jingle Ma.

Hollywood actress JAMIE CHUNG (TV’s Gotham) also portrayed ‘Mulan’ in the ‘Once Upon A Time’ TV series from 2012 to 2016.

MING NA WEN (TV’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.) voiced the original character back in 1998. Hopefully Disney can cast her in the upcoming film as a nod to the fans. Obviously not as ‘Mulan’ (due to her age), but perhaps Mulan’s mother?

Casting is currently underway in Mainland China. Who would you like to cast as ‘Mulan’? Comment below.

SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter