Also known as Crystal Liu, Liu Yifei is a Chinese actress, model and singer. She was chosen from 1,000 hopefuls, across five different continents, in a casting search that went on for over a year!
A feminist Disney hero, who director Niki Caro says “explores gender fluidity”, Mulan masquerades as a man in order to join the Imperial army, risking everything to become one of China’s greatest warriors.
The Ballad of Mulan has been a part of Chinese folklore since the 12th century and Hua Mulan’s story has been told and retold ever since then.
Jet Li was at the heart of the kung-fu movie boom in the 80s and 90s. He has won five national medals in the Chinese national sport of wushu, his first aged just 11. He’s been an outstanding force of nature in everything from Romeo Must Die (2000) and Hero (2002) to Fearless (2006) and the Expendables films.
The Emperor of China is wise and benevolent. When he orders one male from each household to be drafted into the army to defeat the Huns, it sets Mulan’s journey in motion as she steps up to take her ailing father’s place.
Known for starring in the IP Man franchise, and more recently as Chirrut Îmwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Donnie Yen also works as an action director and fight choreographer.
Leader of the Imperial regiment, Commander Tung is Mulan’s mentor and teacher, who quickly realises her potential.
Tung is a brand new character, who didn’t appear in the 1998 animated classic.
Gong Li has appeared in a number of global hits including Memoirs Of A Geisha in 2005 and Miami Vice in 2006. She’s so popular the Red Hot Chili Peppers named a song after her on their album Californication.
Xian Lang is a powerful witch with shape-shifting abilities. The main villain of the movie, she is a new character replacing Shan Yu from the Disney animation.
She introduces a notion of magic that wasn’t present in the animated version (unless you count Mushu, of course).
Another martial arts master, the New Zealand actor has previously appeared in Netflix’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2016), The Meg (2018) and Mortal Engines (2018). He also holds a black belt in karate.
Cheng Honghui is a new character developed for the Mulan live-action reimagining. He is another ambitious recruit in Tung’s unit, who becomes Mulan’s ally and later her love interest – taking the place of Li Shang from the animated original.
Jason Scott Lee starred in Disney’s 1994 live-action remake of The Jungle Book and is also known for portraying martial arts superstar Bruce Lee (no relation) in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.
Bori Khan is a villainous leader of the Hun warriors, determined to avenge his father’s death.
He aligns himself with Xian Lang to become the movie’s second powerful villain, and Mulan’s enemy. Cue a battle of epic proportions…