Meet the new Mulan

Peter Castro
December 1, 2017

Instead, Chinese actress Liu Yifei (刘亦菲) will play the titular heroine following a year-long casting search that involved almost 1,000 candidates in five different continents around the world, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

As well as her many acting credentials, including critically acclaimed performances in "The Night Peacock" and "The Chinese Widow", Liu is also an established singer, with two albums under her belt. The animated version follows a young woman who disguises herself as a man to take her ailing father's place in the army in fifth-century China. Luckily, it seems she has the musical chops to handle all of the songs in Mulan. According to The Hollywood Reporter story that broke the news, she lived in Queens, New York for part of her childhood and she's fluent in English (and has acted in it before in films like The Forbidden Kingdom and Outcast), which should come in handy for the movie.

Yifei is also known as Crystal Liu as well as "Fairy Sister" in China - a nickname she got thanks to her angelic appearance and grace.

See Yifei as Mulan when the Disney film hits theaters in 2019. There's also the role of Mushu, Mulan's dragon/guardian, and if that character carries over, I assume they'll go for a celebrity voice similar to how they've cast Will Smith for the Genie in Guy Ritchie's Aladdin.

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"The studio and the filmmakers have bent over backwards trying to find someone who checks everyone's boxes, which, as you know, is impossible", the source said. The upcoming live-action adaptation of Mulan has finally found its Mulan!

The live-action adaptation of Mulan will be directed by Niki Caro, who directed The Zookeeper's Wife, Whale Rider and more.

Actress Liu Yifei, who arrived at the red carpet of the 7th Beijing International Film Festival on April 16, 2017 in Beijing, China, has been cast as Mulan in the new Disney film.

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