A female villain will terrorize Disney's live-action Mulan

April 14, 2018

Forget Shan Yu. The live-action Mulan will feature a villainess for a change.

Gong Li is poised to antagonise the legendary Chinese heroine in the upcoming Disney remake, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

This would be a major departure from the 1998 original that saw Mulan square off against Shan Yu, the bloodthirsty leader of the Huns voiced by Miguel Ferrer. Gong Li will be portraying a yet-unnamed "powerful witch."

Jet Li is also in talks to play the emperor of China, joining confirmed cast members Liu Yifei as Mulan and Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, a mentor.

Let's get down to business — not. Donnie's character effectively scrubs out Li Shang, Mulan's love interest in the animated version. Mulan will also be getting a sister in Chinese-Vietnamese actor Xana Tang.

So when will Mulan's reflection show? The film drops in March 2020, and shooting will begin in August.

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