The Hollywood Reporter has new details on the star that has the role for the live action remake of Mulan:
After a yearlong worldwide search, Mulan has been found.
Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, is set to star as the title woman warrior in Disney’s live-action adaptation of the classic Chinese tale.
A team of casting directors visited five continents and saw nearly 1,000 candidates for the role, which requires credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English and the most ineffable requirement of all: star quality. In deference to cultural accuracy, the studio focused on locating an ethnically Chinese young woman to play Hua Mulan, who disguised herself as a man to take her father’s army conscription in fifth-century China.
A Chinese actress was always the ideal candidate for this film. With China representing an important international audience for Disney, they finally opted for an actress that stays true to the culture and character it represents.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter