Disney has reportedly roped in two new actors for its live-action adaptation of Mulan. Netflix’s Marco Polo fame Ron Yuan and The Mindy Project’s Utkarsh Ambudkar have joined the cast of this already star-studded project.
according to Deadline, Amudbkar will portray the character of a con artist, Skath, while Yuan will play the character of Sergeant Qiang, the second in command of the Imperial Regiment. Notably, both the character roles assigned to Amudbkar and Yuan were not present in the original film. This suggests that screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have made some changes to the animated film’s story.
Chinese actress Liu Yifei has already been finalized to play the titular character of Mulan in the live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated Disney film. Some of the other actors who will also be starring in the movie are Jet Li as the emperor, Donnie Yen as Mulan’s mentor, and Gong Li as the villain.
The 1998 animated version of Mulan was voiced by Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, and B.D. Wong. The film went on to be quite successful at the worldwide box office raking in a total of around $304.3 million. Mulan earned a few Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations as well.
Directed by Niki Caro (The Zookeeper’s Wife), the film’s story will mainly focus on the titular character Mulan who disguises herself as a man in the feudal Chinese army to fight against a Hun invasion.
Our earlier exclusive report also revealed that the film is well underway with its preproduction in New Zealand with sets under construction and that Disney has set Mulan’s initial production budget at $290 million plus. It is reported that the film’s massive and larger than life sets are being constructed by the same team responsible for the sets of Thor: Ragnarok.
The project is expected to begin on-location shoot in New Zealand and China at the end of the summer. The film is being produced by Jason Reed, Chris Bender, and Jake Weiner.
The highly-awaited live-action version of Mulan is set to premiere in theaters on March 27, 2020.
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