Disney is bringing honour to its live-action Mulan by casting the very important roles of soldiers Ling and Chien Po – but worryingly, not Yao.
According to Deadline, the rebooted Mulan has cast two out of three of its “most honourable and noble soldiers”, who fought alongside Mulan in the 1998 animated original.
Digital star Jimmy Wong will play Ling, while Doua Moua – who’s appeared in the likes of Gran Torino, The Last Airbender and Marvel’s Iron Fist – will play Po.
[Jimmy Wong and Doua Moua]
The latest casting announcement follows our first-look at Liu Yifei as Mulan, who’s already getting down to business now that production has begun.
A brand new image featuring the Chinese actress sees our live-action warrior wielding a sword and staring down at the camera, like the bad-ass Disney princess we know and love.
Directed by Niki Caro and written by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, the live-action Mulan is based on the animated original (which was itself based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan).
Unsurprisingly, then, Mulan will tell the story of a young woman who disguises herself as a man in order to take the place of her elderly father in the military.
While fans are very much excited for a fresh – and actually representative – take on Mulan, the reboot has caused controversy by forgoing animated fan-favourite Li Shang.
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Yoson An has instead been cast as Mulan’s love interest Chen Honghui, a confident and ambitious recruit who joins the same unit as her, and who probably isn’t bisexual.
Shooting for Mulan is taking place in China and New Zealand. It is scheduled for release on March 27, 2020.
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