Meet The Actress Who Is Playing Mulan In Disney's Live-Action Adaptation

Jay Jacobs
December 1, 2017

Chinese actress, Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, has scored the title role in the live-action version of "Mulan", Disney confirmed to CNN. Fluent in English and martial arts along with her star qualities, Yifei fit the necessary requirements for the role of Mulan and was chosen from 1,000 other likely candidates across five continents.

Disney has found its Mulan.

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Amid a wave of criticism at Hollywood for "whitewashing" roles, Disney casting directors reportedly focused on finding an ethnically Chinese young woman for Mulan, visiting five continents and reviewing almost 1,000 candidates. As BBC News notes, recent films accused of whitewashing include the Hollywood remake of Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell, which starred Scarlett Johansson, and Chinese epic The Great Wall which had Matt Damon as its lead. The movie was about a young girl who joins the army as a boy in disguise after learning that her weak father has to join the army.

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. According to a post on the Disney blog Oh My Disney, "The live-action film will be inspired by both the legendary ballad and the Disney animated classic". In the end, Disney found the complete package in Liu, who stood out among almost 1,000 hopefuls. She has appeared in films like The Forbidden Kingdom with Jackie Chan and Outcast with Nicolas Cage. She also starred opposite Emile Hirsch in Danish auteur Bille August's period romance The Chinese Widow, which opened the Shanghai International Film Festival in June. Mulan is slated to be released in 2019.

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