The movie, now set for a 2020 release, will be directed by Nikki Caro, who directed Whale Rider, McFarland, USA and The Zookeeper's Wife.
Since debuting as Jui'er in 1987's Red Sorghum, Gong Li has gone on to star in a number of Zhang Yimou's films, including The Story of Qiu Ju, Raise the Red Lantern, Curse of the Golden Glower, and Coming Home. That inspires Hua Mulan (played by Liu Yifei) to disguise herself as a man so her father doesn't have to go and thus kicks the film into motion (via THR).
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Jet is set to star as the emperor of China, who orders the mobilization of troops via the conscription of one male from each household, while Gong will take on the villainous role of a powerful witch. Like Gong's new villain, Mulan's sister is yet another new role added to the live-action production, signaling an even more expansive vision for the world and characters of Mulan this time around.
The original film was animated and featured the voices of Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, Miguel Ferrer, and BD Wong. Chris Bender, Jason Reed and Jake Weiner are producing.
Mulan will be a re-teaming for Yen and Disney, with the actor having starred in the studio's first Star Wars stand-alone, Rogue One.
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"I haven't started yet so I can't give you any real detail".
Since then, they've released live-action remakes of The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast.
Casting began late previous year, when Liu Yifei was confirmed to play Mulan in the live-action retelling.
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