Disney's 'Mulan' Finds Its Star in Chinese Actress Liu Yifei
After a yearlong worldwide search, Mulan has been found.
Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, is set to star as the title woman warrior in Disney's live-action adaptation of the classic Chinese tale.
A team of casting directors visited five continents and saw nearly 1,000 candidates for the role, which requires credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English and the most ineffable requirement of all: star quality. In deference to cultural accuracy, the studio focused on locating an ethnically Chinese young woman to play Hua Mulan, who disguised herself as a man to take her father's army conscription in 5th century China.
Chumunga64 2351 points 2 days ago
Guess Emma Stone was unavailable
jice 25 points 2 days ago
What? Why is it not Scarlett Johansson??
thefilmer 1917 points 2 days ago
Jason Mantzoukas as Mushu or we riot
Mushroomer 194 points 2 days ago
Fuck, that's good. And after Eric Andre wound up in Lion King, it doesn't seem at all unlikely.
]shifty_coder 83 points 2 days ago
Eddie Murphy in a dragon costume, or I riot.
lightronger 372 points 2 days ago*
Here are the main changes for Mulan based on the casting call
The love interest is a fellow recruit who is of the same rank as Mulan. He wants to be the best soldier there ever was and is competitive with Mulan
Shang is split into a general, an instructor, and a fellow soldier/love interest
Mushu is nonexistent (in the casting call, but could be in the movie)
Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po still exist, but Chien-Po is renamed Cricket
Mulan has an older sister
the Khan now has a wolf-witch advisor
setting has been shifted to the Tang dynasty. This means you might see white people as extras. But also maybe Arabs and Indians. Hey, diversity!
edit: u/MulderD pointed out that although Mushu is not in the casting call, he could still be in the movie.
Piano18 60 points 2 days ago
Wow. Mulan is my favorite Disney movie. Reading this was really disappointing. :(
ArkGuardian 543 points 2 days ago
Gotta have Matt Damon somehow
SuperstarTinsanity 258 points 2 days ago
Gotta have a white guy to inspire the Asian woman to break out of her traditional societal bounds
eddmario 292 points 2 days ago
Mushu is nonexistent
Well, looks like there's no reason to see this movie then.
Bhargo 115 points 2 days ago
Wow I have never lost interest in a movie so quickly.
Sbrandan 101 points 2 days ago
I don't know who is coming up with these ideas to change things up but please stop. We will pay for 3D ticket prices for you to not change anything.