Zhang Ziyi Confirmed to Play Mulan in Live-Action Film
As DisZine reported in July, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha star Zhang Ziyi has been confirmed to play the lead role in an independently produced live-action version of Chinese folktale, Mulan, titled Hua Mulan.
Most westerners learned the story of a Chinese heroine who joined the all-male army from Disney’s 1998 animated film, Mulan.
Director Jan de Bont has signed on to the film. Viewers have seen his name credited in other action films, including Speed, Twister and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. The film will be co-produced by Movie Plus Productions of Canada, Global Film Finance of the U.K., Beijing-based Bona International Film Group and SIMF Pictures, with Zhang, Ling Lucas and Beaver Kwei.
Production on Mulan is expected to begin this fall outside of Shanghai and is set to wrap in January.