The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Gong Li has been cast as the villain and Jet Li is in final talks to join Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan.
Disney’s retelling of an old Chinese folktale focusing on a young Chinese maiden who learns that her weak father is called up into the army in order to fight the invading Huns. Knowing that he’ll not survive war in his condition, she decides to disguise herself as a man and take his place.
Gong Li (whose credits include The Story of Qiu Ju and Coming Home) will be playing the villain of a powerful witch in this live-action adaptation, which is a departure from the animated feature as the main antagonist was Shan Yu, leader of the invading Huns. Jet Li (whose recent credits include Badge of Fury and Expendables 3) could be playing the role of the emperor of China, who orders the mobilization of troops via the conscription of one male from each household.
Niki Caro has been attached to direct the project since February of last year, with Chris Bender, Jason Reed and Jake Weiner serving as producers. The duo could join already cast Liu Yifei and Donnie Yen.
Mulan is scheduled for cinematic release on the 27th March 2020.