Disney has unveiled he first image of Chinese actress Liu Yifei as Hua Mulan to mark the first day of production on the live-action adaptation.

After a year-long search for an actress to portray the character, Yifei won the role and heads up a diverse cast that includes Donnie Yen, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An and Jet Li.

Check our first look at Yifei in character below:

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The film is adapted from the 1998 Disney animation which follows the tale of a young woman who disguises herself as a man to defend her country in a war against Northern invaders.

In a statement, Disney described the plot, “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 is set for release in March 2020.

 

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