Donnie Yen Cast in Disney's Live-Action Mulan

Olive Hawkins
April 12, 2018

After recent news that Donnie Yen has joined the film, word comes that Gong Li and Jet Li have joined the cast as well.

The casting process for Disney's live-action Mulan remake is picking up steam. Between him and Yen, the studio is clearly looking to make sure Mulan will have global appeal and is casting big stars to guarantee just that.

Per The Hollwood Reporter, Donnie Yen has been cast in Disney's upcoming live-action Mulan movie. Gong Li, meanwhile, will play the film's villain, "a powerful witch".

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The movie, which is inspired by Hua Mulan, the Chinese folk heroine who took her aged father's place in battle, will be directed by Niki Caro.

Additionally, Chinese-Vienamese actress Xana Tang will play Mulan's sister in the movie, as casting heats up in anticipation of a filming start date in August.

Disney's 1998 animated "Mulan" featured the voices of Ming-Na Wen as Mulan, Eddie Murphy as Mushu, B. D. Wong as Captain Li Shang, Miguel Ferrer as Shan Yu, June Foray as Grandmother Fa, George Takei as First Ancestor, Pat Morita as The Emperor of China, Soon-Tek Oh as Fa Zhou, and Harvey Fierstein as Yao. Really, this is the latest example of how Disney's straying from their animated film with the live-action rendition. This seems to suggest that if Mulan does end up featuring songs, they'll be new, rather than the songs from the original film - which is kind of a bummer, because a lot of the original film's songs are pretty great. The Jungle Book and Beauty and The Beast, among others, have received this treatment and were smash hits for the Mouse House.

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