Liu Yifei, who’s also known as Crystal Liu, has been cast as Mulan for Disney’s live adaptation of the cartoon film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Yifei is a 30-year-old Chinese actress who’s one of the country’s most popular; she’s been nicknamed “Fairy Sister” by the public there for her pure image, the outlet notes. Yifei has done several English films as well: The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), Outcast (2014—alongside Nicolas Cage), and The Chinese Widow (alongside Emile Hirsch) from this year, among them.

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Casting directors, according to THR, saw nearly 1,000 candidates during its year-long search to find the woman who’d be best for the role that “requires credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English and the most ineffable requirement of all: star quality.”

The live action adaptation of Mulan will be directed by Niki Caro and is due out in 2019 tentatively.



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