Following this week’s announcement of Donnie Yen being cast in the upcoming live-action film Mulan, two additional Chinese superstars have been added to the cast.
The Hollywood Reporter announced this morning that Gong Li and Jet Li have been cast as the film’s villain and the emperor respectively.
Jet Li is in final talks to play the emperor of China, who orders the mobilization of troops via the conscription of one male from each household.
Meanwhile, Gong Li is confirmed as the villain of Mulan, a powerful witch (this appears to be a departure from Disney’s 1998 animated version, in which the primary antagonist was Shan Yu, leader of the invading Huns).
Mulan’s sister has also been cast, with Chinese-Vietnamese actress Xana Tang taking on the role.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter