The movie, which is inspired by Hua Mulan, the Chinese folk heroine who took her aged fathers place in battle, will be directed by Niki Caro. A remake of "The Lion King" is one of many upcoming live-action projects. In addition, Chinese-Vietnamese actress Xana Tang has joined the cast as Mulan's sister, a new role created for the film.
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.More news: US Reps. McKinley, Johnson Blast Facebook CEO Over Ads
The original film was animated and featured the voices of Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, Miguel Ferrer, and BD Wong.
If there was one way to get me to jump in line for a ticket to see a live-action Mulan, this is it. Donnie Yen is a straight up hero, one of the most charismatic and physically gifted performers on the planet, whose mere presence means there's probably going to be some live-wire action inserted into the tale. Gong starred opposite Jeremy Irons in Wayne Wang's Chinese Box and has acted in English in Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice and Hannibal Rising. After the martial arts champ became a superstar in Asia on the strength of franchises like Shaolin Temple and Once Upon a Time in China, he made his Hollywood debut in 1998's Lethal Weapon 4, followed by Romeo Must Die opposite Aaliyah in 2000. The New Zealand-based actress' credits include local series Filthy Rich and Australian series The Letdown and Dead Lucky. Disney is casting up the Chinese film now and has set a release date for March 27, 2020.More news: Comey compares president to a 'mob boss' in new book
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