Chinese Actress Liu Yifei To Star In 'Mulan'

Chinese Actress Liu Yifei To Star In 'Mulan'

News of her selection was met with celebration in China and overseas, especially following waves of dissatisfaction against Hollywood for its persistent casting of Caucasians as Asian characters.

Chinese actress Liu Yifei has been chosen to star as the female warrior in the upcoming remake.

A team of casting directors visited five continents and saw almost 1,000 candidates for the role, which requires credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English and the most ineffable requirement of all: star quality.

Liu, 30, is a popular actress in China, where she's nicknamed the "Fairy Sister". Recent films accused of whitewashing include Japanese anime "Ghost in the Shell" - the main role of which was played by Scarlett Johansson.

The live-action adaptation is set for a 2019 release and has lined up Niki Caro as director.

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In the year-long lead up to the casting, more than 100,000 people signed a petition online to encourage Disney to ensure an Asian actress would play Mulan.

It's reported a team of casting directors visited five continents and spoke to almost 1,000 candidates for the role which required credible martial arts skills and the ability to speak English. Furthermore, she also appeared in Ip Man 3, with Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson and starred opposite Emile Hirsch in Bille August's 2017 war drama, The Chinese Widow.

Even the original voice of Mulan, Ming-Na Wen, thinks choosing Liu Yifei was a great decision!

Liu, who spent part of her childhood in NY, has starred in both English- and Chinese-language films over the years. Disney has finally found the actress to play the titular role for its upcoming live-action remake of Mulan.

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