YAS! Disney has announced that Chinese actress Liu Yifei will play Mulan in the live-action adaption coming out in 2019!
Mulan has my favorite movie soundtrack of all time, so to say I'm stoked is a total understatement.
Liu Yifei is a 30 year-old actress from Wuhan, Hubei, China. She is one of the biggest actresses in China and has the nickname "Fairy Sister" by the Chinese public.
She seems like the perfect fit for Mulan.
Twitter has been filled with praise that Disney actually cast a Chinese actress to play a Chinese part. Especially after the announcement that the actor cast for Aladdin for the remake of that film is a White actor and not Arabian.
Check out some of the reactions below.
I'm glad they are actually casting someone Chinese 🇨🇳👏— clipstowin (@clipstowin) November 29, 2017
Disney actually casted a chinese person as mulan, not a white person, japanese, or korean person omg pic.twitter.com/wH9yBgrI8M— laryssa (@peachyjunhui) November 29, 2017
Soooo glad that #Disney respects the original story and find the right Asian face instead of a white face to play #Mulan and she sure is one of the most popular Chinese actresses of her generation. Well done Disney! #LiuYiFei https://t.co/q0ssbSXP16— Lingli Zhang (@LingliZhangLily) November 29, 2017