Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Culture | By Marion Pratt

'Mulan' live-action Disney reboot finds its star

'Mulan' live-action Disney reboot finds its star

Hollywood has been under fire in recent years for casting white actors for characters that were not supposed to be white.

After a yearlong worldwide search, Mulan has been found.

Chinese star Liu Yifei has been cast as the titular character in Disney's live-action remake "Mulan".

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Mulan, left, a fearless young Chinese woman secretly disguised as a man, meets her commanding officer, Shang, in this scene from Walt Disney Pictures' "Mulan".

A team of casting directors traveled across the globe and sorted through almost 1,000 candidates before singling out Liu for the role, which required the candidate to possess star quality, credible martial arts skills, speak fluent English, and of course, be of Asian origin.

Good News for all the Disney fans! Nicknamed "Fairy Sister" by the Chinese public for her pure and charming looks and image, she has been one of the country's most popular actresses of the present time since breaking out with a sequence of hit television dramas in the mid-2000s, while she was still an adolescent enrolled in the Beijing Film Academy.

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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. She also had a role in 2014's "Outcast", which stars Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen, and 2008's "The Forbidden Kingdom", starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

Fans were eagerly waiting to find out who would be playing the main role in Disney's live remake of the 1998 animated movie Mulan and were thrilled to find out Ms Yifei would be playing Chinese heroine Hua Mulan. Mulan is slated to be released in 2019.

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