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Disney has had a lot of success with its live-action remakes of their classic animated films. True, from a critical perspective, things got off to a rocky start with Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent but, since then, the response to these films has been great. Indeed, the live-action remakes of Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast have been well received by film critics and audiences.
Additionally, they have been extremely profitable films. You just have to look at the fact that Beauty and the Beast is still the highest-grossing film of 2017. Clearly, all of this means that plenty more of these films are in development and we know that live-action remakes of classic animated films such as The Lion King, Dumbo and Aladdin are in the works.
A live-action remake of Mulan is also in development but we still do not know much about the film. However, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has cast Chinese actress Liu Yifei to play Mulan in the live-action remake that will be directed by Niki Caro. It was stated in the report that “A team of casting directors visited five continents and saw nearly 1,000 candidates for the role, which requires credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English and the most ineffable requirement of all: star quality”.
The film could be released as early as 2019 and it seems safe to say Liu Yifei will be a household name across the world once Mulan is released to the public. She is already very well known in China due to her roles in films such as The Forbidden Kingdom and The Assassins and her fame will rise with Mulan. I am very pleased that Disney was very culturally aware with this casting as they did not whitewash the role which has been a problem in the film industry for a long time.
Moreover, it gives what, to many, is an unknown talent the chance to make a big impact in the film industry which I am always eager to see. Just look at Daisy Ridley with Star Wars: The Force Awakens to see how successful this type of thinking can be. Now that we have our first cast announcement for Mulan, we now have to wait and see who will be cast as Mushu, Shang and Shan-Yu which I am sure will be coming in the next few months. Still, congratulations to Liu Yifei for being cast in this iconic role.
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