The "Mulan" cast is slowwwwly blossoming into something beautiful.
Back in November, Disney revealed that Chinese actress Liu Yifei would be playing the title character in the live-action movie directed by Niki Caro.
Now, reports have named four more stars for the cast.
Later on April 12, The Hollywood Reporter revealed three more stars for the cast:
• Gong Li ("Raise the Red Lantern," "Farewell My Concubine," "Memoirs of a Geisha," "Miami Vice") has been confirmed as the villain of the movie, THR reports. She's playing a powerful witch, in what sounds like a departure from the animated movie.
• Jet Li ("Romeo Must Die," "The Expendables") is reportedly in final talks to play the emperor of China.
• Xana Tang will play Mulan's sister, THR reports, in another new role for the live-action movie.
Disney's 1998 animated "Mulan" featured the voices of Ming-Na Wen as Mulan, Eddie Murphy as Mushu, B. D. Wong as Captain Li Shang, Miguel Ferrer as Shan Yu, June Foray as Grandmother Fa, George Takei as First Ancestor, Pat Morita as The Emperor of China, Soon-Tek Oh as Fa Zhou, and Harvey Fierstein as Yao.
It made $304.3 million at the worldwide box office.
According to Deadline, Disney is still casting the rest of the Chinese film -- and there's plenty of time, since the release date was pushed back to March 27, 2020. (Early last year, director Niki Caro told Moviefone there would be no songs in this version; but she quickly changed her tune to say there would be music, and they were still working out the details.)
"Mulan" will join Disney's slate of successful live-action reboots, including "Maleficent," "Cinderella," "The Jungle Book," "Beauty and the Beast," and the upcoming "The Lion King" and "Dumbo."
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Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) takes his spot -- though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve. She cleverly impersonates a man and goes off to train with fellow recruits. Accompanied by her dragon, Mushu (Eddie Murphy), she uses her smarts to help ward off a Hun invasion, falling in love with a dashing captain along the way. Read More