Production has officially begun on Disney’s latest live-action remake, “Mulan,” and the studio has shared the first look of actress Liu Yifei in the titular role.
The film, based on the studio’s 1998 animated feature, will shoot on location in China and New Zealand and is set to open in theaters on March 27, 2020.
“Mulan” tells the epic story of a fearless young woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Hua Mulan is determined, spirited and quick on her feet. When the Emperor decrees that one man per family must serve China in the Imperial Army, Mulan steps in to take her ailing father’s place as Hua Jun, becoming one of China’s greatest warriors.
Disney’s 1998 animated feature starred Ming-Na Wen, Miguel Ferrer, and Eddie Murphy, and was nominated for an Oscar and two Golden Globe Awards. The story of Mulan is one of China’s most popular folktales and is still taught in Chinese schools today.
Yifei (“The Forbidden Kingdom,” “Once Upon a Time”) was cast as Hua Mulan after a year-long global search. Joining her in “Mulan” are Donnie Yen (“Star Wars: Rogue One”); Jason Scott Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny”); Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Pitch Perfect”); Rosalind Chao (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”); Yoson An (“The Meg”); Ron Yuan (“Marco Polo”); Cheng Pei-Pei (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”); Tzi Ma (“Arrival”); Nelson Lee; Chum Ehelepola; with Gong Li (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Raise the Red Lantern”) and Jet Li (“Shaolin Temple,” “Lethal Weapon 4”).
“Mulan” is directed by Niki Caro (“Whale Rider,” “McFarland USA”), with its screenplay written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (“Jurassic World,” “In the Heart of the Sea”) and Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”