Chinese actress Liu Yifei to play Hua Mulan

Disney's 'Mulan' Finds Its Star (Exclusive)

Hollywood has been under fire in recent years for casting white actors for characters that were not supposed to be white.

Disney has enlisted a Chinese actress to star in the title role of its live-action version of Mulan.

After a yearlong worldwide search, Mulan has been found.

A team of casting directors made a visit to about five continents and saw almost 1,000 candidates for the role, which wanted credible martial arts skills, the talent to speak English and the most indescribable requirement of all: star quality. The movie was about a young girl who joins the army as a boy in disguise after learning that her weak father has to join the army. You know, when Scarlett Johansson played a Japanese character in Ghost in the Shell and Matt Damon's lead role in Chinese historical movie The Great Wall.

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It's reported a team of casting directors visited five continents and spoke to almost 1,000 candidates for the role which required credible martial arts skills and the ability to speak English.

In Liu, Disney found the complete package.

Disney announced the news yesterday on their blog and the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, Sina Weibo. She also starred differing Emile Hirsch in Danish auteur Bille August's period passion The Chinese Widow, which solved the Shanghai International Film Festival in June. "Mulan" is helmed by Niki Caro and is slated to release in 2019. A graduate of the Beijing Film Academy, Liu speaks fluent English and also lived in New York City during her childhood years. She also had a role in 2014's "Outcast", which stars Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen, and 2008's "The Forbidden Kingdom", starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

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