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Donnie Yen has joined the cast of Disney’s Mulan

Deadline reported today that Donnie Yen (Rogue One) will be joining the cast of Disney’s live-action Mulan. Yen will be playing Commander Tung, a mentor and teacher to Mulan.

It’s really exciting to see Yen’s relationship with Disney grow. This will be Yen’s second big project with Disney. His first was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story where he arguably stole the show from the cast as the blind Force-sensitive warrior Chirrut. He is currently in production right now for Ip Man 4, but Mulan may be his next project following the conclusion of filming.

The last we heard of casting was back in November when it was revealed that the Chinese actress Liu Yifei would be playing the titular character. Disney is still in the middle of casting up the film now, but I imagine production will be happening sometime either in late 2018 or early in 2019. The current release date has been set to March 27, 2020.

The live-action adaptation will be directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider), who will be the second female director ever hired by Disney to direct a big budget film. The script was written by Lauren Hynek, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Elizabeth Martin. Chris Bender, Jason Reed, and Jake Weiner are producing.

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Sarah Musnicky

Sarah is a freelance writer and self-described workaholic. She loves fantasy and sci fi and will admit having dual loyalties between Star Trek and Star Wars as well as Marvel and DC. When she's not being socially awkward, she is in a corner obsessing over dragons, cute things, and a need to master all languages on the planet. She would like to be a professional blanket burrito when she reaches the peak of maturation.

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