Disney's live-action Mulan casts Rogue One star Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen Joins Disney’s Live Action MULAN

Donnie Yen Joins Disney’s Live Action MULAN

"A Star Wars Story" star joins Chinese actor Liu Yifei, who earlier cast as the titular character in the in the project.

Niki Caro is directing the film, who has helmed such movies as McFarland, USA and The Zookeeper's Wife. He went on to star in Romeo Must Die, Zhang Yimou's Oscar-nominated Hero (having a great fight sequence with Donnie Yen) and in the Expendables series for Lionsgate.

I am not really one to pay attention to Disney's live action adaptations of their popular animated films.

You wan't more Mulan casting news? Gong Li is another seasoned veteran of the Chinese filmmaking industry, and is now set to play Mulan's villain - 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. This is yet another departure from the original animated film, which featured the Hun leader Shan Yu, voiced by the late Miguel Ferrer, as the main antagonist. This is the film's inciting event as Hua Mulan then disguises herself as a man in order to spare her father from certain death.

According to Deadline, Disney is still casting the rest of the Chinese film - and there's plenty of time, since the release date was pushed back to March 27, 2020.

Disney's 1998 animated classic, featuring the voices of Ming-Na Wen alongside Eddie Murphy, Pat Morita, James Hong and B.D. Wong, earned €256.5 million worldwide as well as Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. Caro later clarified this by saying that while songs for the film hadn't been officially approved yet, Disney isn't against the idea and are open to adding songs to the film.

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