Disney's live-action ‘Mulan‘ will be out in 2020, directed by Niki Caro. the cast boasts a ton of great people like Liu Yi Fei, Jet Li, Gong Li, Donnie Yen, and Xana Tang.
However, the roles they’re playing are a bit surprising. In particular, Gong Li is apparently playing the villain in ‘Mulan’ … which is now a witch instead of the Huns.
Jet Li is in final talks to play the emperor of China, who orders the mobilization of troops via the conscription of one male from each household. The titular heroine, Hua Mulan (Liu Yifei), disguises herself as a man in order to spare her elderly father from having to join the military.
Meanwhile, Gong Li is confirmed as the villain in Mulan, a powerful witch (this appears to be a departure from Disney’s 1998 animated version, in which the primary antagonist was Shan Yu, leader of the invading Huns).
Also joining the cast is Chinese-Vietnamese actress Xana Tang, who will play Mulan’s sister (another original character for the live-action film).
Niki Caro is directing the film, which also includes Donnie Yen as Mulan’s mentor, Commander Tung. Mulan, whose release date was pushed back to March 27, 2020, will begin shooting in August in China and New Zealand.