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Fans Are Very Happy A Chinese Actor Has Been Cast In The Live-Action "Mulan"

"We have our Chinese Mulan!"

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In case you missed it, Disney announced today that they've cast Chinese actor Liu Yifei in the titular role of their live-action remake of the 1998 animated feature Mulan.

The news comes after a long, worldwide search for the right actor to bring the beloved character back to the silver screen.
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The news comes after a long, worldwide search for the right actor to bring the beloved character back to the silver screen.

Fans are already voicing their excitement about the news.


And, more specifically, their excitement that a Chinese actor has been cast in the role.

We have our Chinese Mulan! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ—ก Liu Yi Fei has just been casted as Mulan in #Disneyโ€™s live-action adaptation ofโ€ฆ

Disney's Mulan is based on the Chinese legend, Hua Mulan, and fans are thrilled that Disney has chosen to maintain close ties to the story and to the character's cultural roots.

Disney actually hired a Chinese actress to play Mulan #Mulan

when you see #disney actually cast a Chinese actress to play in the live action #mulan movie!

It's a little heartbreaking how happy I am that Disney cast a Chinese woman to play a Chinese woman. #Mulan

Mood; Mulan has been cast, and the actress is Chinese, and not white *cue happy tears*

The Lion King and Mulan WILL be disneys top live action remakes. We will make that happen. We have POC accurately bโ€ฆ

And they're poking fun at past movies that have been accused of whitewashing Asian roles.

scarjo after she finds out a chinese actress was cast as mulan

๐Ÿ—ฃ an actual chinese actress cast as mulan ๐Ÿ—ฃ emma stone and scarlett johansson are shaking in their birkenstocks

Other fans are taking the announcement as an opportunity to highlight the larger conversation surrounding representation in Hollywood.

We're all praising Disney for not whitewashing Mulan like that's how bad it's gotten lmfao we're praising them forโ€ฆ

Chinese actress Liu Yifei is cast as Disney's Mulan! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Amazing that they casted someone who best represents the chโ€ฆ

Yifei's casting follows another milestone for Disney and representing Asian stories and characters on the screen: Kelly Marie Tran, an American-Vietnamese actor in The Last Jedi, will become the first Asian-American woman to play a major character in the Star Wars universe when the film is released on Dec. 15.

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In a press release announcing Yifei's casting, Disney stated that "additional announcements regarding Mulan will be made in the coming weeks." So stay tuned for (hopefully) more great news!

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