Hong Kong megastar Donnie Yen has been cast in Disney’s live-action version of Mulan.
The Ip Man actor has joined the cast of the upcoming feature based on Disney’s 1998 animated film. Deadline reports that Yen will be playing Commander Tung, Mulan’s mentor and teacher.
Yen’s a big get for the studio, and a big draw card for a film that Disney no doubt hopes will perform well throughout Asia. The studio recently cast Yen as Chirrut Îmwe in Star Wars prequel film Rogue One.
Set to play the titular heroine is Chinese actress Liu Yifei, who appeared alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li in The Forbidden Kingdom and whose Chinese credits include The Assassins, White Vengeance and Once Upon a Time.
On board as director is New Zealand filmmaker Niki Caro, known for her 2002 hit NZ film Whale Rider. This marks the director’s first time in big blockbuster territory and her second film for Disney; Caro also helmed the 2015 Kevin Costner-starring McFarland, USA.
Mulan is but one of a number of live-action movies Disney is crafting from their extensive catalogue of animated features. They’ve had huge hits so far with Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book and last year’s Beauty and the Beast, the latter of which earned a massive $US1.26 billion and is currently the 12th highest-grossing film of all time. Also on the horizon: Jon Favreau’s The Lion King, Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin and Tim Burton’s Dumbo.
Mulan is scheduled to open in the U.S. on March 27, 2020.