“Mulan” Director Was Impressed by Crystal Liu’s Audition

By on February 24, 2020 in NEWS

“Mulan” Director Was Impressed by Crystal Liu’s Audition

From shooting to stardom with her role as Little Dragon Girl in The Return of the Condor Heroes <神雕侠侣> to starring as the titular character in Mulan <花木蘭>, Crystal Liu‘s (劉亦菲) popularity and international status are expected to rise dramatically after Mulan premieres in the U.S. on March 27. However, it’s hard to imagine the film will thrive under the ongoing coronavirus, the PG-13 rating, and the boycott on Mulan over Crystal’s political stance. Still, Mulan director Niki Caro has shown support for the actress and revealed how impressed she was by Crystal’s audition.

Last August, #BoycottMulan trended across many social media platforms due to Crystal’s controversial support for the Hong Kong police. Despite heavy criticisms, New Zealand director Niki came forward and openly expressed that Crystal is the best candidate for Mulan.

She revealed that Crystal immediately flew out to Los Angeles from Beijing right after receiving an invitation to audition. Without sleeping a wink due to time zone differences and a 14-hour flight, Crystal dove headfirst into a two-hour audition. Crystal acted out five scenes, and one of them had a script of five pages long, to which Niki reminded everyone that the actress’s native language is not English.

Right after the audition, Crystal immediately went to do a one-hour physical test with a trainer. She did not complain nor ask for a break throughout the entire process. Niki emphasized that she was thoroughly impressed and described Crystal as a warrior on set. She expressed that Crystal is the best partner to work with on any project. “I think Crystal is the best person for this role, not just because she is a talented actress, but because she is also a smart, strong, and gentle person,” Niki said.

With immense efforts and high anticipation for the classical remake, it would be ideal if Mulan could be released as expected. But due to the significant impact that the coronavirus has on the Chinese market and its cinema shutdowns, Mulan‘s release date might be postponed considering the number of losses. Besides that, with a PG-13 rating and the requirement of parental admission for those under 13, this can very well deter potential audiences and positive reviews.

Source: Topick

This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.

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8 comments to “Mulan” Director Was Impressed by Crystal Liu’s Audition

  1. anon says:

    The boycott will only be coming from HK that is irrelevant. They said they will boycotted ip man 4 and looked what happened, smashing box office records across the board.

    The real issue with thus movie will be the time of release in March when the coronavirus is still happening. Disney should consider pushing this movie back.

    Whoever writes and approves the release of these articles are retards and should be let go.

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    • drakan replied:

      @anon No one outside of China watched Ip Man 4. It grossed $171M, of which $165M came from China.

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      • anon replied:

        @drakan

        Yet it was still smashing box office records

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      • drakan replied:

        @anon congrats on their record for highest grossing chinese film in Malaysia. They really reaching for the stars.

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  2. ancestor says:

    Saw the trailer. it failed to impress me, easily on my skipped list.

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  3. aktf says:

    I guess im the only one who is not impressed with her acting lol after so many years… her acting is still stiff and dull…

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  4. theyenman says:

    Not gonna lie, the whole boycott thing just makes me want to watch it now just to show support, even though I’m not a fan of the lead herself.

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    • anon replied:

      @theyenman

      Same, don’t care for the lead, nor for Disney and the Mulan franchise overall.

      Will likely be watching it because it’s the biggest all-Chinese cast to date, and because of the idiotic boycott.

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