Aug 13, 2018 12:57 PM EST

Production Begins for Disney's Live-Action Mulan

Production Begins for Disney's Live-Action Mulan
Production has begun on "Mulan", the upcoming live-action film based on the studio's 1998 animated film. Filming will take place in New Zealand and China.

"Mulan" is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. When the Emperor issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army, she steps in to take the place of her ailing father as Hua Jun, becoming one of China's greatest warriors ever.

Mulan will be played by Liu Yifei ("The Forbidden Kingdom," "Once Upon a Time"), the rest of the cast will be Donnie Yen ("Star Wars: Rogue One"); Jason Scott Lee ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny"); Yoson An ("The Meg"); Utkarsh Ambudkar ("Pitch Perfect"); Ron Yuan ("Marco Polo"); Tzi Ma ("Arrival"); Rosalind Chao ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"); Cheng Pei-Pei ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"); Nelson Lee;  Chum Ehelepola; with Gong Li ("Memoirs of a Geisha," "Raise the Red Lantern") and Jet Li ("Shaolin Temple," "Lethal Weapon 4").

The film will be directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider," "McFarland USA"). The screenplay was written by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver ("Jurassic World," "In the Heart of the Sea") and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem, "The Ballad of Mulan." The producers are Jason T. Reed ("Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"), Chris Bender ("A History of Violence") and Jake Weiner ("Criminal") with Barrie M. Osborne ("The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"), Bill Kong ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Monster Hunt") and Tim Coddington ("Crazy Rich Asians") serving as executive producers.

Disney's animated version of "Mulan" was nominated for an Oscar® and two Golden Globe® Awards.
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