Another Chinese superstar is joining the cast of Disney’s upcoming live-action retelling of “Mulan”. He is Donnie Yen (甄子丹).
If he looks familiar, that’s because you’ve seen previously in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”, and of course, the “Ip Man” saga. The 54-year-old actor will be starring opposite Crystal Liu Yifei (刘亦菲), who is playing the title character in the Niki Caro-directed film.
According to Deadline, Yen is portraying Commander Tung, a mentor and teacher to Mulan when she joins the Chinese army. For those wondering who is Commander Tung, he is a brand new character created for this remake. Having the martial arts superstar onboard is certainly a huge boost for the film as Yen is already an establish A-lister in China.
Based on his resume alone and Kung Fu background, there’s no question that the hunky actor will have to problem bringing Commander Tung to life. In the animation, Mulan mostly relied the dragon Mushu for guidance. Now that more casting news are being unveiled, we’re anxious to find out who will fill in the roles of Li Shang and villain Shan-Yu.
It’s also up in the air whether Eddie Murphy will reprise the voice-role of Mushu…
Disney’s Live-Action “Mulan” has set a release date for 27th March 27 2020. Yen is currently filming “Ip Man 4”.
Source: Screen Rant.