Deadline reports that Donnie Yen has joined the upcoming live-action Mulan, based on the 1998 animated classic, in the role of Commander Tung, a mentor and teacher to Mulan. Yen previously worked for Disney in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story making him 2/3rds of the way there to a Disney Trifecta (where you have starred in a MCU, Star Wars, and Live-Action Fairy Tale film)!
Previously, Chinese actress Liu Yifei had been announced to play the titular role. Niki Caro (Whale Rider, The Zookeeper’s Wife) is set to direct making her the second female director hired by Disney to direct a film with a budget higher than $100 million, following A Wrinkle In Time‘s Ava DuVernay (if that sort of factoid is important for you). One new tidbit I hadn’t seen reported in previous news on the film is that Bill Kong (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, and Monster Hunt), who is one of the most influential producers in China, is also producing this film. You can practically envision the new Scrooge McDuck money pool vault Disney will be installing with all that China Box Office coin.
UPDATE: THR reports that three new additions to the Mulan cast have been announced. Jet Li, Gong Li, and Xana Tang have all boarded the film. Jet Li will play the emperor of China, Gong Li will play a powerful witch, and the film’s villain, while Xana Tang will play Mulan’s sister, a new role created for the film.
Mulan hits theaters March 27, 2020. What do you think of the casting announcements so far?