Donnie Yen joins cast of Disney's live-action 'Mulan'

Donnie Yen joins cast of Disney's live-action 'Mulan'

Known as "Fairy Sister" for her innocent persona and easy-going demeanor, Liu appeared in the third installment of the Ip Man franchise, which Yen toplines as the eponymous Ip Man, the sole practitioner of Wing Chun.

Niki Caro is directing the film, who has helmed such movies as McFarland, USA and The Zookeeper's Wife.

The live-action Mulan just got even more talent added to its cast, including the film's main villain.

Global action star Donnie Yen has been set to star in the live action Mulan based on Disney's classic animated film and the legendary ballad. Gong Li, meanwhile, will play the film's villain, "a powerful witch".

Jet Li is in final talks to play the emperor of China, who orders the mobilization of troops via the conscription of one male from each household. This is a major change from the animated film, in which the primary antagonist was Shan Yu, leader of the invading Huns.


The original film was animated and featured the voices of Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, Miguel Ferrer, and BD Wong.

Mulan is now set to hit theaters on March 27, 2020.

Mulan is based on a Chinese legend about Hua Mulan, a young female warrior who disguises herself as a man in order to join the Chinese military, taking the place of her aging father, to protect her country from the threats they face.

While some were concerned when Mulan was first announced, it very much looks as though Disney is not simply casting a Chinese actress in the lead role, but casting Chinese performers in nearly all the major roles. It was initially announced that Mulan would feature no songs, unlike the original animated film.

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