Disney took a step in the right direction against the whitewashing pandemic by casting Liu Yifei in the role of Mulan in their upcoming live action adaption of the film and I have to say, we’re very happy.
The planned live-action adaption of the 1998 animated film will re-tell the famous tale of Chinese legend heroine, Hua Mulan. This comes hot on the heels of a vast online campaign presenting a rather loud outcry for the film to cast an actual Asian person and not a white person who doesn’t actually have anything to do with the story or setting. Of course, you will recall that films like Ghost in the Shell (Scarlett Johansson) and the supposed authentically Chinese tale, The Great Wall (Matt Damon) did less than expected with Caucasians in the lead.
Liu, most famous for her role in The Forbidden Kingdom, holds the nickname ‘Fairy Sister’ due to her overall delicate appearance and fits well into a fantasy setting. She can kick some ass when she needs to though, is fluent in English and was chosen from a roster sporting almost a thousand candidates for the role of Mulan. I believe she might be just what the doctor ordered to once and for all prove to Hollywood that there are some great actors abroad and they can hold their own in leading roles while still appealing to the general demographic.
The live-action film will probably be a carbon copy of the animated version though as the true tale of Mulan is far too depressing for audiences or a Disney film. I mean, the real Mulan story sees her committing suicide to escape being a concubine…that’s rather…that sucks. We don’t really want to see that, do we?
I’m actually also very interested to see who will be cast as the films main villain, Shan-Yu who is, according to me anyway, the most terrifying Disney villain to date.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this develops but I’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on this one.