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What you need to know about Disney's 'Mulan' live-action star, Liu Yifei

Liu Yifei will definitely bring honour to the Disney animated classic

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 30 Nov 2017

'Mulan' actress cast
Photo: Disney

The much-talked about live-action remake of Mulan has found its star! Actress Liu Yifei will save China in Niki Caro's film that's based off of the Disney animated classic as well as the Chinese ballad. Cue a sigh of relief from fans that Disney didn't choose to whitewash yet another favourite.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress beat almost 1,000 other candidates for the role. As a wise man (aka the emperor of China) once said, "The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all."

You might not have heard about Liu Yifei but she definitely isn't a newcomer to the film industry. At 30 years old, she's already got an impressive list of achievements (including a stint in Ip Man 3).

Here are five things about the starlet that you should know about.

1. She's one of China's most popular actresses
Nicknamed 'Fairy Sister' for her innocent looks and scandal-free career, she first made a name for herself in a series of hit television dramas like The Story of a Noble Family, Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils and Chinese Paladin in the mid 2000s.

2. She's fluent in English
Yifei has also dabbled in English speaking films like 2008's Forbidden Kingdom alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li. She's also worked with Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen in 2014's Outcast.

3. She's an international ambassador
Yifei has been the face of brands like Dior, Tissot, Garnier and Pantene.

4. She's an award-winning actress
Her first major acting award was for her work in 2012's Assassins. She received the Golden Lotus Award for Best Actress at the Macau International Movie Festival in 2013.

5. She sings!
Yifei signed with Sony Music Entertainment Japan in 2005. Her first single was Mayonaka no Door that was released in 2006. The track was used as the theme for animation series Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z by Tokyo TV.

If you've any doubts that Yifei would fail to bring the beloved Disney character to life on the big screen, put them aside because Ming-Na Wen (the speaking voice of Mulan in the animated classic) approves of her appointment.

Related: 'Mulan' director on putting in music: "We're still exploring"
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