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That's right: An actress for Mulan has been found! The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, is set to star as the incredible female warrior in Disney's live-action adaptation of Mulan.
Read more: Live-action ‘Mulan’ may not have any songs
They are reporting that casting directors had nearly 1,000 candidates from five different continents audition for the role, which requires “credible martial arts skills” and “the ability to speak English.” They wanted to focus on finding an ethnically Chinese woman for the role—which is only fitting.
Liu is one of the most popular actresses in China at the moment, having appeared in several TV dramas and starring in films alongside such names as Jackie Chan, Nicolas Cage and Emile Hirsch.
While not too much is known about the forthcoming film, it was previously reported that the live-action flick wouldn't have any music. “From what I understand, no songs right now, much to the horror of my children,” director Nick Caro said. (Um?!)
However, the movie won't be entirely boring without any music, though. “It's a big, girly martial arts epic. It will be extremely muscular and thrilling and entertaining and moving,” Caro says.
Caro is directing the live-action Mulan, and it's currently set for a 2019 release.
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