Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, was picked out of almost one thousand candidates to play the lead role.
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Niki Caro, who most newly helmed The Zookeeper's Wife, is directing Disney's live-action Mulan, which is being molded by Chris Bender, Jason Reed, and Jake Weiner and eyeing a 2019 release.
In the year-long lead up to the casting, more than 100,000 people signed a petition online to encourage Disney to ensure an Asian actress would play Mulan.
To set the movie same with the cartoon version, the team focused on locating an ethnically Chinese young woman to play the role of Hua Mulan, who, in the film, disguised herself as a man to substitute her father's army conscription during the fifth-century in China.
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The 1994 animated Mulan made US$304.3 million worldwide and received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.
Amid a wave of criticism at Hollywood for "whitewashing" roles, Disney casting directors reportedly focused on finding an ethnically Chinese young woman for Mulan, visiting five continents and reviewing almost 1,000 candidates.
One recent example is this year's science-fiction film "Ghost in the Shell", which saw actress Scarlett Johansson in the role of a Japanese character, which drew heavy criticism and demands to boycott the production. She's fluent in English and even lived in Queens, New York City, as a kid, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
She has had supporting roles in two US-Chinese co-productions - martial arts fantasy The Forbidden Kingdom and Outcast, an action movie starring Nicolas Cage, but remains little known outside her home country. You may have heard about 2017's "The Chinese Widow", in which she starred alongside Emile Hirsch. Disney has finally found the actress to play the titular role for its upcoming live-action remake of Mulan.