Donnie Yen To Star In Disney's Live Action 'Mulan'

Donnie Yen to Star in Disney's Live Action Mulan

The movie, now set for a 2020 release, will be directed by Nikki Caro, who directed Whale Rider, McFarland, USA and The Zookeeper's Wife. Last night, word broke that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Donnie Yen had boarded the film as well. Gong Li will play a powerful witch in the live-action version, whereas in the original the main villain was leader of the Huns Shan Yu. 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. Mulan is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a young woman who disguised herself as a man to take her father's place in war. She's also starred in Chinese Box, Miami Vice, Hannibal Rising, and Memoirs of a Geisha. After the martial arts champ became a superstar in Asia on the strength of franchises like Shaolin Temple and Once Upon a Time in China, he made his Hollywood debut in 1998's Lethal Weapon 4, followed by Romeo Must Die opposite Aaliyah in 2000. Tang has appeared in projects like Filthy Rich, The Letdown, and Dead Lucky.

Obviously, Disney realizes how important it is to make sure a live action Mulan has an all-Asian cast, but with the casting of Yen and the two Lis, they're also making sure that the movie will make a boatload of money in China, which is having a huge boom of moviegoers in recent years.

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