This is a YES times 1000 for me. As many of you will have noticed I am a major DONNIE YEN fan. Of course its more than just his good looks, humble face and awesome martial arts. Not only is he an awesome superstar, but he is also a nice person (from what I read about him) and yes he has been confirmed as starring in the Disney Live Action MULAN. The bad news about all this is, which we have reported in the past is that the film’s release has been pushed back to 2020. But I think knowing Yen will be in it, is a good motivation to wait and to be patient.
Yen has been cast to play Commander Tung – who is a mentor and teacher to Mulan who will be played by Chinese actress Liu Yifei.
The Chinese actress Liu Yifei had previously been set to play the title role. The film will be directed by Niki Caro, who helmed Whale Rider, McFarland, USA and The Zookeeper’s Wife. She became the second female director hired by Disney to direct a film with a budget higher than $100 million, following A Wrinkle In Time‘s Ava DuVernay. The film will be exec produced by Bill Kong, one of the most influential producers in China whose films include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, and Monster Hunt.
This will be Yen’s second big-budget Disney outing after he co-starred in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Disney is casting up the Chinese film now and has set a release date for March 27, 2020. Script is by Lauren Hynek, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin. Chris Bender, Jason Reed and Jake Weiner are producing.
Yen, who just began filming Ip Man 4, is repped by CAA, Bullet Films and Bloom
Image via Deadline Hollywood
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