Donnie Yen Confirms Starring in Disney’s “Mulan”
Since Disney announced Crystal Liu (劉亦菲) starring as the title character in Mulan <花木蘭> last November, another big star has joined the cast. Donnie Yen (甄子丹) is confirmed to star as Crystal’s martial arts master, Commander Tung. Excited fans are eager to see if Donnie and Crystal will have explosive fighting scenes together.
Donnie had impressed Disney after working with them in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Although the studio approached him for Mulan, Donnie was initially hesitant about his schedule as he had already committed to several movies, including the currently filming Ip Man 4 <葉問4>. But Disney persuaded Donnie with their sincerity and offered to postpone his scenes until he is free. Since Donnie also likes how Mulan speaks about equality between men and women, he accepted Disney’s offer. Additional details about his role cannot be revealed as he had signed a confidentiality agreement with Disney.
As for Crystal, she impressed with her strong audition among 1000 actresses who tried out for Mulan. The 30-year-old also has an enormous following in Mainland China. Undergoing high-intensity training for her role, Crystal is excited to play the female warrior, “I love Mulan’s courage and fearlessness.”
Mulan is produced by Bill Kong (江志強), best known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon <臥虎藏龍> and Hero <英雄>, and directed by New Zealand director Niki Caro. The movie is expected to be released in North America on March 27, 2020.
Aside from Mulan, Disney will have live film adaptations of its classic: Aladdin, The Lion King, Pinocchio, and Dumbo.
Sources: Ettoday.net; On.cc
This article is written by Jayne for JayneStars.com.