Let’s get down to business, because Disney has cast its leading lady in its live-action remake of 1998’s Mulan.
For those who’ve been living under a rock for their entire childhood, Mulan is about a teenager who disguises herself as a young man to take her father’s place when he is called to war. Through Mulan’s tenacity and clever endeavors, she single-handedly saves China.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, casting directors traveled across the world to find their perfect Hua Mulan. The women auditioning for the role had to meet three qualifications: the ability to speak English, credible martial arts skills, and most importantly, star quality.
After a year-long search, Chinese actress Liu Yifei (also known as Crystal Liu) landed the titular role, out of nearly 1,000 other candidates.
Nicknamed “Fairy Sister” by the Chinese public, fans can put their fears to rest as this announcement has squashed the rumors about the studio attempting to whitewash the beloved Disney classic.