February 23, 2018

Main » Chinese actress Liu Yifei to play Hua Mulan

Chinese actress Liu Yifei to play Hua Mulan

01 December 2017

Then, came the concern about who's going to play the Chinese heroine because the fans are not ready to handle another series of Hollywood whitewashing in Asian roles.

Chinese actress Liu Yifei or also known as Crystal Liu, will be playing the lead role in the live-action film adaptation of famous Disney movie "Mulan".

It took a year of searching and almost 1,000 candidates, but the Walt Disney Studios has finally found its Mulan.

Liu also stood out because Disney were looking for an ethnic Chinese woman in order to defer to cultural accuracy.

"Mulan" is the story of a powerful young Chinese woman who fought against the Huns in place of her father.

Yifei is one of China's most popular actresses and is known as the "Fairy Sister" because of her delicate beauty and roles in numerous fantasy films.

A team of casting directors traveled across the globe and sorted through almost 1,000 candidates before singling out Liu for the role, which required the candidate to possess star quality, credible martial arts skills, speak fluent English, and of course, be of Asian origin. The role is said to require credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English and star quality. Some of the English movies she has starred in include 2008's The Forbidden Kingdom alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li, and 2014's Outcast opposite Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen.

The movie, which is set to be released in 2019, is based on the 1998 animated feature film that grossed more that $300 million dollars worldwide. She has also worked with Emile Hirsch in The Chinese Widow, which opened in the Shanghai International Film Festival in June this year.

Chinese actress Liu Yifei to play Hua Mulan