Live action remakes of hit animated Disney classics are the new thing now.
Legendary Chinese action star Donnie Yen ('Rogue One, ' "Ip Man, ' "Sleeping Dogs") is set to join the cast of 'Mulan, ' Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation that has actress, model and singer Liu Yifei ('The Forbidden Kingdom, ' 'Outcast") in the title role.
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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. Now THR reports that Jet Li and Gong Li have joined the cast as well, with Gong Li filling the villain role in what marks a major departure from the 1998 animated film.
Jet Li is in final talks to play the emperor of China, who orders the mobilization of troops via the conscription of one male from each household. Li is represented by Current Entertainment and Bloom Hergott.
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Gong Li has been one of China's long lasting beauties, as well as one of Zhang Yimou's most frequent collaborators. 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. She is repped by Artist International and Ponte Media.
Xana Tang will also be joining the cast as Mulan's sister, an original character made specifically for the live-action version. The New Zealand-based actress' credits include local series Filthy Rich and Australian series The Letdown and Dead Lucky. Tang is represented by Cunningham Escott and Gail Cowan Management. Disney is casting up the Chinese film now and has set a release date for March 27, 2020.
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