Meet the star of Walt Disney’s live-action Mulan, Liu Yifei (also known as Crystal Liu). Liu is fluent in English, having lived in Queens, N.Y., for a bit of her childhood, and acted in 2008’s The Forbidden Kingdom, alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li,
Walt Disney Studios announced the major casting Wednesday for the movie. Niki Caro (The Zookeeper’s Wife) set to direct the film. The new Mulan is inspired by both the legendary Chinese ballad and the popular 1998 Disney animated film.
The original animated film follows Mulan, the young daughter of aged warrior Fa Zhou, who impersonates a man to take her father’s place during a Hun invasion and becomes one of China’s greatest heroines.
No release date has been slated for the live-action film. In a statement, Disney said there will be other casting announcements in upcoming weeks according to The Hollywood Reporter.