To the delight of fans across the globe, Disney recently announced that a live-action reboot of Mulan is in the works, much like many of the other classics such as The Lion King and The Little Mermaid, which have also recently gotten the live-action treatment.
The 1998 animated classic follows Mulan as she disguises herself as a man to take the place of her father in the Chinese military.
With Disney releasing the first teaser trailer for the upcoming movie this week, the countdown is well and truly on for its release in March. And now Christina Aguilera has made a very exciting announcement!
Chinese actress, Yifei Liu, also known as Crystal Liu, is starring as the heroine herself, Mulan.
via: InsiderThe actress and singer, who recently starred alongside Emile Hirsch in The Chinese Widow, is taking on the leading role in the live-action adaptation. The casting process for the role of Mulan was said to be pretty competitive, with over a thousand actresses seen for the role, so this is a huge achievement for the star.
Jet Li will play the emperor of China.Last year, The Hollywood reporter announced that Li would be joining the cast as the emperor, although, reportedly, at first, the star initially turned down the role in the film but later agreed to it after his daughter told him that he should be in a movie promoting Chinese culture.
Donnie Yen will star as Mulan's mentor, Commander Tung.
via: GettyBest known for the Ip Man franchise and his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we'll be seeing Yen grace our screens as the brand new character, Commander Tung, who wasn't in the original 1998 movie.
Gong Li is set to play a brand new witch villain.
via: GettyThe main villain in the original animated film was Shan Yu, the leader of the Huns, but the live-action adaptation is set to feature another villain, a powerful witch.
Li has starred in several acclaimed movies, including Farewell My Concubine and Memoirs of a Geisha.
We're also set to be introduced to another new character, Mulan's sister, played by Xana Tang.
via: imdbIn the original movie, Mulan didn't have any siblings, so we'll be interested to see where Xana Tang takes the new character.
Next up is Yoson An, who's been cast as Mulan's love interest, Cheng Honghui.The live-action version of the heroine's love interest doesn't go by the same name, in fact, in the original, he was called Li Shang. New Zealand actor, Yoson An will play Honghui, who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will be an "ambitious recruit" who joins Tung's unit.
We're set to see yet another new villain, played by Jason Scott Lee.
via: GettyIn the upcoming movie, we'll be introduced to Bori Khan, a warrior seeking to avenge his father's death. You may recognize Lee if you are planning to watch the film, as he voiced "David" in Lio and Stitch.
Next up is Ron Yuan who is starring as a soldier, Sergeant Qiang.
Utkarsh Ambudkar is playing a character named Skath.
via: GettyThis is where it starts to get a bit ambiguous. As of yet, we don't know too much about the Pitch Perfect star's role, except that he's a con artist.
Chum Ehelepola is starring as a similar new character named Ramtish.
via: GettyIt looks like we're going to be seeing a bad guy duo, as, along with Skath, Ramtish is also set to be a con artist.
Back to some of the movie's original characters and it looks like Tzi Ma will play Mulan's father.Known for his role in Arrival, the actor is starring as Zhou, a war veteran who's called back to the military. Of course, we know his daughter, Mulan, takes his place, but we're excited to see how Ma portrays the character.
Next is Cheng Pei-Pei, who has been cast in an unknown role.
via: GettyWe don't know much about this one, although there's speculation that she could be playing Mulan's grandmother.
Freaky Friday star, Rosalind Chao, has been cast, and there's speculation that she could play Mulan's mother.
via: GettyThe American actress, who has starred in the likes of Freaky Friday, Just like Heaven and, more recently, the TV series, Code Black, has been cast in an unknown capacity.