Donnie Yen cast in live-action Mulan

Donnie Yen cast in live-action Mulan

Donnie Yen is the fucking (Ip) man.

After first signing Niki Caro (Whale Rider) to direct back in February 2017, Disney's live-action Mulan is now finally moving towards a production start-date.

The Chinese actress Liu Yifei had previously been set to play the title role. Between him and Yen, the studio is clearly looking to make sure Mulan will have worldwide appeal and is casting big stars to guarantee just that. However, the recent spat of news of the additions of Donnie Yen, Gong Li and Jet Li to their live-action version of Mulan have piqued my interest for the moment.

Gong Li will play a new character, a powerful witch who is the main villain of the movie, which departs from the main antagonist from the original animated feature.

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"Mulan" is set for release on March 27, 2020, with casting still underway.

Gong Li will portray the film's villain. This is the film's inciting event as Hua Mulan then disguises herself as a man in order to spare her father from certain death. Really, this is the latest example of how Disney's straying from their animated film with the live-action rendition. Caro later clarified this by saying that while songs for the film hadn't been officially approved yet, Disney isn't against the idea and are open to adding songs to the film.

Mulan will be yet another live-action remake from Disney, who have already ushered live-action remakes of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book to the big screen, and are now working on live-action remakes of Peter Pan, Dumbo, The Lion King, Aladdin, Pinocchio, Lady and the Tramp, and The Sword in the Stone, and more.

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