Disney’s live-action Mulan remake has added an international action star to its cast. Donnie Yen has joined the film and will play the role of Commander Tung, a mentor and teacher to Mulan, who will be played by Chinese actress Liu Yifei.
Yen previously worked with Disney on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which saw him play a blind warrior fuelled by faith in the force. He’s become a star in the states over recent years after appearing in films like xXx: Return Of Xander Cage and Netflix’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny.
Previous reports regarding the film have stated that it may scrap the animated version’s musical elements, and with Yen now on board that might be an indication that the live-action remake is looking to be a lot more action-orientated that originally expected. That could be very exciting.
Plenty of other roles still need to be cast, such as the male lead Shang, the antagonist Shan-Yu, and Mulan’s dragon Mushu, assuming all those roles are still set to be a part of the new film. Niki Caro (The Zookeeper’s Wife) will direct the film from a script penned by Lauren Hynek, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin.
The film is currently slated to be released on May 27, 2020.