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Let's Get Down To Business Because Disney Finally Announced Who's Playing Mulan

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.

Fans have already voiced their excitement over the studio’s casting decision.

While others are pointing out it shouldn’t be ground-breaking Hollywood casts a star that is culturally accurate with the role they’re playing.

Liu, 30, has already made a name for herself in China, where she has starred in a series of hit television dramas in the mid-2000s when she was a teenager.  Her filmography credits include 2008's The Forbidden Kingdom, starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, and 2014's Outcast, alongside Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen.

During her childhood, Liu lived in Queens, New York, and has served as a brand ambassador for Dior, Tissot, Garnier, and Pantene.

There is still no word if Eddie Murphy will be reprising his role as Mushu.

Are you looking forward to watching the live-action Mulan movie on the big screen?