Disney’s upcoming “Mulan” has finally announced the actor who will be playing the titular character’s love interest.

Yoson An, a Chinese-born and New Zealand-raised actor and filmmaker will be playing a new character named Chen Honghui, a confident military recruit opposite Liu Yifei’s Mulan.



The character officially replaces Captain Li Shang from the 1998 animated film as Mulan’s love interest, and this news certainly doesn’t sit well with many fans of the original movie.

However, Chen Honghui is not the only new character introduced in the upcoming “Mulan”. Previously, it was revealed that Donnie Yen and Gong Li will also play new characters in the movie.

Yen will be playing Commander Tung, Mulan’s mentor – a role that was also played by Li Shang in the animated movie – while Gong Li will play a powerful evil witch, replacing Shan Yu as the main villain of the live-action movie.

Jet Li is also part of the cast. He will be playing the role of China’s Emperor.

Other huge changes in the live-action movie include the addition of Mulan’s sister who will be portrayed by Xana Tang, and possibly the usage of magic since Gong Li will be playing a witch.


Also joining the cast are actors Chum Ehelepola and Utkarsh Ambudkar who play Ramtish and Skatch, a con-artist duo in the new story.

“Mulan” is one of Disney’s most highly anticipated live-action remakes alongside “Aladdin”, “The Lion King”, “Dumbo”, and “Cruella”.

The movie will be directed by Niki Caro and is set for a release in March 2020.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Cinema Blend

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