Chinese actress Liu Yifei cast as Mulan


Meanwhile, Disney is also working on other live action adaptations of their classic animated films with Jon Favreau's The Lion King coming out next year and Tim Burton's Dumbo entering production soon. Luckily, it seems she has the musical chops to handle all of the songs in Mulan.

In its search to find the star of the film, Disney was adamant about trying to cast an ethnically Chinese actress who possesses martial arts badassery and is able to speak English, according to the Hollywood Reporter. And Yifei was selected due to her "ineffable star quality". You may recognize Liu from The Forbidden Kingdom with Jackie Chan, Outcast with Nicolas Cage and The Chinese Widow with Emile Hirsch.

The publication reported that Liu, 30, is nicknamed "Fairy Sister" by the Chinese public because of her sweet image.

In the original 1998 animated Disney film, about a young Chinese woman who goes undercover as a warrior to save her elderly father from having to do so and facing death, Ming-Na Wen ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.") voiced the the lead character. The director enjoys an outstanding reputation for directing pictures like 2002's Oscar nominated film, Whale Rider.

Caro and Mulan mark the third time a woman director will be working with a budget north of $100 million, following Jenkins' Wonder Woman and Ava DuVernay who is now helming A Wrinkle in Time for Disney.

Though Mulan is just one of many Disney Animation favorites set to incur a live-action adaptation, the transfer of its story into a new medium feels a bit more delicate than that of its brethren.

Mulan's expected to start filming sometime next year.