Mulan is poised for battle. Disney has finally unveiled the first look at Liu Yifei aka Crystal Liu (刘亦菲) as the titular character.
This is to mark the first day of production of Disney’s live-action remake based on the 1998 animated feature film of the same name. The last time we were this excited was when we got to see Emma Watson as Belle for the first time.
Judging from the publicity shot, the 30-year-old actress is wielding a sword (perhaps it belongs to her father?) with an intense expression, ready to fight. It’s also interesting to note that her weapon matches the red robe she’s wearing. We absolutely love the determination in Liu Yifei’s eyes.
Directed by Niki Caro, filming for the live-action adaptation will be shot in New Zealand and China. Joining Liu Yifei in “Mulan” are Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ron Yuan, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Cheng Pei-Pei, Nelson Lee, Chum Ehelepola, Gong Li, and Jet Li.
“‘Mulan’ is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honoured warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. When the Emperor issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army, she steps in to take the place of her ailing father as Hua Jun, becoming one of China’s greatest warriors ever,” Disney said in a statement.
In case you’re interested, here are 8 fun facts about the “Mulan” actress, Liu Yifei.
“Mulan” is due to open in cinemas March 2020.
Source: Entertainment Weekly.