Disney Casts Legendary Superstars Jet Li and Gong Li in Live-Action ‘Mulan’
Disney has added two more cast members to its live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated classic, “Mulan”: acting legends Gong Li and Jet Li.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gong Li has been officially offered the part of the film’s villain, who is said to be a powerful witch. This is a deviation from the original film, as the main antagonist was Shan Yu, leader of the Huns.
Meanwhile, Jet Li is finalizing talks with Disney to take on the role of the emperor of China.
Both Gong Li and Jet Li are massive international stars; Gong Li, considered one of the most talented and beautiful actresses in China, is well-known for her work in films such as “Curse of the Golden Flower,” “The Story of Qiu Ju,” and “Memoirs of a Geisha.” Jet Li, legendary martial arts actor, has won acclaim for his roles in the movies “Hero,” “Shaolin Temple,” and “Once Upon a Time in China.”
Also joining them will be Chinese-Vietnamese actress Xana Tang, who is playing Mulan’s sister, an original character. Hailing from New Zealand, she has previously acted in “Filthy Rich”and Australian series “The Letdown” and “Dead Lucky.”
The news comes as Donnie Yen joins the cast as an original character, Commander Tung, who acts as a mentor to Liu Yifei‘s Mulan.
“Mulan”, initially set to release later this year, is now slated to hit theaters on March 27, 2020.