Mulan: Donnie Yen and Jet Li in the cast of the live-action Disney!
Deadline announces that the chinese superstar Donnie Yen (the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) has joined the cast of Mulan, a transposition, a live-action of the classic animated Disney. He will play the captain Tung, a new character, does not exist in the animated version, which will be the mentor of the protagonist.
The Hollywood Reporter adds that Jet Li, the star of the action genre, will be the Emperor of China. The actress Gong Li (Miami Vice, Hannibal Lecter – The origin of evil) will be the villain of the film, a powerful witch. Xana Tang will be the sister of Mulan, does not exist in the animated version.
Chinese actress Liu Yifei (The Forbidden Kingdom) will play Mulan. Niki Caro (North Country – Storia di Josey) will direct the film.
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, screenwriters of Jurassic World and Avatar 3 have rewritten the screenplay from a previous draft of Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin.
The original film, directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, and released in 1998, is an adaptation of the ancient chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a warrior who made himself a man to replace the old father in the army. The animated film has grossed 304 million u.s. dollars worldwide, has earned two Golden Globe nominations, and an Oscar nomination. He also had a sequel, direct-to-video released in 2005.
The movie is going to join the long list of transpositions to live from the classic animated Disney. After Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book and beauty and The Beast, are coming to Dumbo, The Lion King and Aladdin.
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