'Mulan' Live-Action Disney Reboot Finds Its Star

Liu Yifei Mulan

The live-action "Mulan" is a new adaptation of the classic animated film by the same name, which premiered in 1998 and centers on a woman named Hua Mulan who secretly joins the Chinese army by disguising herself as a male.

A team of casting directors travelled across five continents for the demanding role, which requires mastery of martial arts, ability to speak English and the ineffable charisma to partake the role of a Disney protagonist.

Liu checks all of those boxes, as she has become one of China's most popular actresses recently.

Nicknamed "Fairy Sister", Liu got her start in a series of hit Chinese TV dramas in the mid-2000s while she took classes at the Beijing Film Academy.

Liu has starred in English films before, including The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) opposite Jackie Chan and Jet Li and Outcast (2014), alongside Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen.

If you want a preview of Yifei on the big screen before Mulan comes out in 2019, she's set to appear in Inversion with Samuel L. Jackson next year.

Chris Bender, Jason Reed and Jake Weiner are producing the film, which is based on a spec script written by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin, though the last draft of the script is credited to Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.

A source close to the film's production told Forbes contributor Rob Cain that Liu had managed to win the role of Mulan by "working hard and delivering a great audition". The upcoming live-action adaptation of Mulan has finally found its Mulan! The original animated-comedy was directed by Barry Cook, and featured the voice-talents of Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, Harvey Fierstein, James Hong, Donny Osmond, and George Takei.