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Posted: November 29, 2017

Disney finds its Mulan, casts Liu Yifei in title role

BEIJING, CHINA - APRIL 16:  Actress Liu Yifei arrives at the red carpet of the 7th Beijing International Film Festival on April 16, 2017 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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BEIJING, CHINA - APRIL 16: Actress Liu Yifei arrives at the red carpet of the 7th Beijing International Film Festival on April 16, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

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By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Disney’s gotten down to business to cast its Mulan in the upcoming live-action remake.

Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, has been cast to portray the Chinese heroine, Deadline reported.

The mouse house made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

Casting directors auditioned almost 1,000 actresses in five countries to find an actress with martial arts skills who can speak English and has what the Hollywood Reporter called a “star quality.”

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Disney looked specifically for an ethnically Chinese woman to play Mulan, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Liu lived in Queens as a child.

Liu has been on television dramas since the mid-2000s and has been in “The Forbidden Kingdom,” “Outcast” and “The Chinese Widow.”

She has also been a brand ambassador for Dior, Garnier and Pantene, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The story of Mulan was first animated by Disney in 1998 with Ming-Na Wen voicing the daughter who disguised herself to fight in her father’s place in fifth-century China.

The live-action Mulan is slated to hit theaters in 2019 and will combine the original ballad of Hua Mulan with the Disney-created story from 1998, Deadline reported.


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