Disney’s live adaptation of the 1998 animated film Mulan continues to add stars to its line up of actors and actresses that will be featured in the fan favorite film. Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter we now know of two huge Chinese stars joining the cast.
According to their report, Jet Li is in finals talks to play the emperor of China, who in the film is the one that orders one male from each house to join the army to fight off the invading Huns. This leads to the lead of the film Hua Mulan to disguise herself as a man to replace her elderly father from having to join because of the fact that there was no other male. Li is one of the biggest stars to ever cross over into American cinema, most recently being featured in the Expendables films.
Another name that was added to the cast was Gong Li. Here in the states, she may not be well known but she is considered one of China’s biggest actresses making her debut in the film industry in 1988’s Red Sorghum. She had gained international acclaim in Farewell My Concubine and has been featured here in films such as Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice and Hannibal Rising. Her character could bring some negative feedback from fans of the original film as she is confirmed to be playing the Villain of Mulan. Not as a Hun but as a powerful witch, which is far off from the original Disney film.
Along with them, Chinese-Vietnamese actress Xana Tang will also join the cast playing Mulan’s sister. This is yet another original character that has been created for the live action film that was not featured in the animated version. Also reported earlier was the addition of Donnie Yen to the cast.
Mulan is being directed by Niki Caro and is said to start shooting in China and New Zealand sometime in August of this year. What are your thoughts on the direction of the film? How do you feel about the cast of Mulan so far? Let us know in the comment section below.
Disney’s Mulan has a release date of March 27th, 2020
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter