Chinese stars Gong Li and Jet Li are joining Disney’s live-action version of Mulan opposite Donnie Yen and Liu Yifei.

The film is a remake of Disney’s 1998 animated film in which Fa Mulan, daughter of ageing warrior Fa Zhou, impersonates a man to take her father’s place during a general conscription during the Han Dynasty.

Jet Li is in final talks to play the emperor of China, who orders the mobilization of troops. Gong Li will portray the villain as a powerful witch. Chinese-Vietnamese actress Xana Tang will play Mulan’s sister.

Niki Caro is directing the film, which also includes Donnie Yen as Mulan’s mentor, Commander Tung. Mulan will begin shooting in August in China and New Zealand.

The film’s release was recently pushed back by more than a year to March 27, 2020. – Reuters

Gong Li

Gong Li’s career dates back to the 1987 film Red Sorghum. Photo: AFP