According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has finally cast their Mulan for the live action adaptation directed by Niki Caro.
The Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, is set to star as the classic Disney princess.
Disney went all out in their search for the star, having had a team of casting directors meeting nearly 1,000 candidates for the role over five continents. The team insisted that the actress they chose must have credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English and the most importantly, star quality. And it seems they have found it in Liu who is considered one of China’s most popular actresses of the current generation.
She is fluent in English having lived in Queens, N.Y., for part of her childhood, and acted in English in both 2008’s The Forbidden Kingdom, alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li, and 2014’s Outcast, opposite Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen.