'Mulan' live-action Disney reboot finds its star

'Mulan' live-action Disney reboot finds its star

'Mulan' live-action Disney reboot finds its star

The upcoming live-action "Mulan" remake will be directed by Niki Caro of "The Zookeeper's Wife" and is expected to be released in 2019.

Mulan, left, a fearless young Chinese woman secretly disguised as a man, meets her commanding officer, Shang, in this scene from Walt Disney Pictures' "Mulan".

Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, is set to star in Disney's live-action adaptation of the classic Chinese tale Mulan.

Liu also stood out because Disney were looking for an ethnic Chinese woman in order to defer to cultural accuracy.

The Hollywood Reporter said Liu was found after a year-long search across five continents.

Hollywood has been under fire in recent years for casting white actors for characters that were not supposed to be white.

According to Hollywood Reporter, a team of casting directors made time to visit five continents and saw almost 1,000 candidates for the lead role, which requires unbelievable martial arts skills, the ability to speak fluent in English and having the "star quality". According to The Hollywood Reporter, the casting directors travelled to five continents in search for the ideal candidate who is ethnically Chinese and equipped with martial arts skills, the ability to speak English, and of course, star quality. She also starred differing Emile Hirsch in Danish auteur Bille August's period passion The Chinese Widow, which solved the Shanghai International Film Festival in June.

A well-known figure in China, Liu has starred in films like "The Forbidden Kingdom" with Jackie Chan and "Outcast", alongside Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen. Disney has finally found the actress to play the titular role for its upcoming live-action remake of Mulan.

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