Director Niki Caro shares how she found the perfect actor to play Mulan, with commentary from Yifei Liu, Tzi Ma and Yoson An; film will be available as a premium purchase starting September 4 on Disney+.
Disney+ just dropped another new insightful behind-the-scenes featurette, Finding Mulan, with director Niki Caro sharing how she found the perfect actor to play Mulan, with commentary from Yifei Liu, Tzi Ma and Yoson An. Mulan, of course, is the live-action remake of Disney’s 1998 animated feature. Liu stars in the title role of a woman who must disguise herself as a man to keep her elderly father from serving in the military. The film is one of many that had to cancel its scheduled theatrical run due to the COVID-19 pandemic; instead, it’s being released as a premium purchase on Disney+ starting September 4.
In the film, when the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.
Mulan features a celebrated international cast that includes Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Tzi Ma as Zhou, Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Honghui; Ron Yuan as Sergeant Qiang; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin, suggested by the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.” Chris Bender, Jake Weiner and Jason Reed serve as producers, with Bill Kong, Barrie M. Osborne, Tim Coddington and Mario Iscovich serving as executive producers.