Disney’s gotten down to business to cast its Mulan in the upcoming live-action remake.
Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, has been cast to portray the Chinese heroine, Deadline reported.
The mouse house made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
Casting directors auditioned almost 1,000 actresses in five countries to find an actress with martial arts skills who can speak English and has what the Hollywood Reporter called a “star quality.”
Disney looked specifically for an ethnically Chinese woman to play Mulan, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Liu lived in Queens as a child.
She has also been a brand ambassador for Dior, Garnier and Pantene, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The story of Mulan was first animated by Disney in 1998 with Ming-Na Wen voicing the daughter who disguised herself to fight in her father’s place in fifth-century China.
The live-action Mulan is slated to hit theaters in 2019 and will combine the original ballad of Hua Mulan with the Disney-created story from 1998, Deadline reported.
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