Rogue One's Donnie Yen to Star in MULAN Live Action Adaptation

Donnie Yen

He went on to star in Romeo Must Die, Zhang Yimou's Oscar-nominated Hero (having a great fight sequence with Donnie Yen) and in the Expendables series for Lionsgate. Though director Niki Caro (Whale Rider, The Zookeeper's Wife) at one point stated that she didn't believe there were any tunes included in the live-action adaptation, she later walked back the comment and revealed that things in that regard haven't been decided yet.

Jet Lis is in final negotiations to play the emperor of China who creates an army by taking one male from each household, and the film's title heroine Hua Mulan, played by newcomer Liu Yifei, poses as a man in order to spare her elderly father.

The live-action Mulan just got even more talent added to its cast, including the film's main villain. However, the recent spat of news of the additions of Donnie Yen, Gong Li and Jet Li to their live-action version of Mulan have piqued my interest for the moment.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jet Li is now in final talks to play the emperor of China while Gong Li is set to take on the role of the film's main villain, a powerful witch. Disney previously adapted the legend into the 1998 animated film of the same name starring Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, B.D. Wong and Miguel Ferrer. Gong Li is another seasoned veteran of the Chinese filmmaking industry, and is now set to play Mulan's villain - a powerful witch.

Yen, last seen in Disney's 2016 Star Wars prequel film Rogue One, will be appearing in the film as Commander Tung, a mentor and teacher to Mulan, Deadline reported. Although the live-action Mulan was delayed to 2020 earlier this year, the casting process is well underway now.

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