Liu Yifei is starring as the titular heroine.
Disney's Mulan has begun production, and has unveiled the first look at star Liu Yifei in the titular role. The actress (also known as Crystal Liu), is playing the heroine, who disguises herself as a man in order to spare her elderly father from having to join the military. Casting directors saw nearly 1,000 candidates for the role across five continents before finding the film's lead.
Also among the cast for Mulan are Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ron Yuan, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Cheng Pei-Pei, Nelson Lee, Chum Ehelepola, Gong Li and Jet Li. Mulan will film in New Zealand and China.