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If there's one thing the Internet has recently agreed on (via petitions and outrage at the rumor of Scarlett Johansson taking the role), it's that Mulan should be played by an actress of Asian descent, so here are my picks.

 

Fan Bingbing

 

1. Bingbing Fan

Award-winning actress and recent producer of her own television series, "Jintai-Pan," Fan has been transitioning to mainstream Hollywood work the last few years. She was featured prominently in the Chinese cut of Iron Man 3, and had some cracking action sequences in X-Men: Days of Future Past as the short-distance teleporter Blink.

As Mulan, Fan would be very comfortable in period costume as well as filling the shoes of a national legend. She's played the famed ancient beauty Yang Guifei twice, and her reputation for groundbreaking garb around the world would ensure she could handle the traditional women's garb as easily as full battle armor. To boot, she's even a talented singer should this version carry over the fantastic songs from the animated original. Her Mulan would be extremely beautiful, but undoubtedly dangerous.

 

ConstanceImage

 

2. Constance Wu

One aspect of Mulan, the character, that mustn't be lost in the shuffle toward action and adventure, is her humor. Her misfit nature and the Shakespearian disguise comedy demand an actress capable of landing jokes and giving the character a big, definable personality.

Wu is currently enjoying success as the breakout character Jessica on "Fresh Off the Boat," and has shown a great amount of energy and precision with comedy with spots on "Children's Hospital" and "Spooked." Admittedly, she hasn't had much action experience, but it seems like the smarter move for a production to craft an action star out of a good actor than vice versa. Wu could be 2017's Chris Pratt!

 

Arden Cho

 

3. Arden Cho

Best known as the sword-swinging Kira on MTV's "Teen Wolf," she has also crossed into video game performance territory as Lara Croft's friend Samantha "Sun Queen" Nishimura in the Tomb Raider reboot. If Mulan is going to be primarily an action hero, Disney should definitely consider Cho.

If the film were to take a somewhat Ang Lee-style approach, we can be sure that the color palette will be striking, the editing will be kinetic, and the star will have to endure quite a bit of stunt work. And Cho comes with experience! She even had a small job as a stunt performer and acted as a Korean sniper in Olympus Has Fallen.

 

Arden Cho - London Comic Con Oct 14 - Teen Wolf panel (15627812962)

 

4. Ming-Na Wen

The online outrage at the very whisper of race-bending or whitewashing the role came with a small yet fervent addendum: why recast at all, when the original Mulan would be perfect in live action as well? Since voicing the character in 1998, Wen has cultivated a really impressive resume as a voice actor and on-camera. Her professional relationship with Disney continued as she just voiced Mulan for the Infinity series of games/overpriced statuettes and a recurring character on "Phineas and Ferb." She's also had prominent roles on a number of sitcoms, she was Finn's mom on "Adventure Time," and most notably she's been one of the lead characters on "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" since the pilot.

There's comedy. There's action. There's the fact she's been playing Mulan already for almost twenty years. And there's a big fan demand for her to continue. While it stands that she is probably too old for the role in live action, no one can deny her talent as a performer and an action star. There are definitely more ridiculous ideas out there... I told you about the Scarlett Johansson thing, right?

 

Zhang Ziyi Cabourg 2014 2

 

5. Ziyi Zhang

When most filmgoers think of Chinese period fantasy action, they are thinking of something Ziyi Zhang has done in the last ten years or so. She has done fantastic, physical roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the Jet Li vehicle Hero, House of Flying Daggers, and... er, Rush Hour 2. She also has tugged at heartstrings in such dramatic movies as Memoirs of a Geisha and Dangerous Liaisons. She's also a singer, contributing to several soundtracks.

Clearly her name should be near the top of any list that may exist. She's an accomplished action hero with the dramatic chops to pull real pathos out of the big moments of the story. When Mulan leaves her family to go off to war, imagine Ziyi Zhang cutting off her hair and donning a cracked and aged set of her father's armor. It'll bring down the house!

 

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/moviesandtv/columns/castingcall/15219-5-Actresses-Who-Could-Play-Live-Action-Mulan.4

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9 minutes ago, MrPink said:

Emma Stone for Mulan.

I'm sure she's 1/32th Chinese, that still counts!

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3 hours ago, Arlborn said:

Oh, is this confirmed to be happening?

 

It seems official :)

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3 hours ago, MrPink said:

Emma Stone for Mulan.

 

While I'd love that that would make people angry :P

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3 hours ago, Arlborn said:

I'm sure she's 1/32th Chinese, that still counts!

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Huge advantage here for this film appealing to both Chinese and American audiences. If done right this could approach a billion.

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7 hours ago, eXtacy said:

Huge advantage here for this film appealing to both Chinese and American audiences. If done right this could approach a billion.

 

It could gross 750-800m from these 2 markets alone, maybe more :)

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I'm sure they'll find an Asian actress, they did that in Once Upon A Time

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Wow I expected more excitement...This live adaptation has the potential to be really cool :)

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It's still way too far and uncertain for most people to be excited about it.

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They need a young actress to play her. I'd assume someone most of us haven't heard of.

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1 hour ago, ChipMunky said:

They need a young actress to play her. I'd assume someone most of us haven't heard of.

 

Young Asian American actresses shouldn't be hard to find, after all there are 20 million Asians in the US.

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Honestly, as long as Ming-Na Wen has a part in this movie, I'll be happy.

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I think this might be the movie they have scheduled for July 28, 2017.

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15 minutes ago, cannastop said:

I think this might be the movie they have scheduled for July 28, 2017.

 

I feel like if this one was coming next summer they'd have made some more announcements by now, at least the casting of Mulan. I guess it's possible this is the one scheduled for April 2018, but more likely November 2018, even one of the 2019 slots.

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