Gong Li, Jet Li cast in Disney's live-action Mulan

Gong Li, Jet Li cast in Disney's live-action Mulan

Deadline reports that Rogue One's Donnie Yen has been cast in the live action Mulan movie along side Chinese actress Liu Yifei who has been cast as the titular role. A longtime muse of Zhang Yimou since her debut in 1988's Red Sorghum, she also has starred in his The Story of Qiu Ju (for which she won two best actress awards at Venice), Raise the Red Lantern, Curse of the Golden Flower and, most recently, 2014's Coming Home. In Mulan, he'll be playing the emperor of China, who orders the mobilization of troops via the conscription of one male from each household.

The live-action Mulan just got even more talent added to its cast, including the film's main villain. In Disney's 1998 version, the main villain was the invading Hun general Shan Yu, and the main supernatural element was Mulan's talking dragon guardian Mushu.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Jet Li (The Expendables 3) and Gong Li (Ana) will be starring in Disney's live-action movie Mulan! In a career spanning more than 35 years, Li has risen from the world of martial arts to the world of worldwide action superstardom, like fellow legends Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.

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Yen, 54, will play Mulan's mentor, Commander Tung mentor in the film.

Donnie Yen is set to star in Disney's upcoming live-adaptation of "Mulan". Tang has appeared in projects like Filthy Rich, The Letdown, and Dead Lucky. I haven't seen a single casting yet, and these are conversations that are all ongoing.

Casting began late a year ago, when Liu Yifei was confirmed to play Mulan in the live-action retelling. Production is expected to begin in August with filming in China and New Zealand for a March 27, 2020th release date.