Since debuting as Jui'er in 1987's Red Sorghum, Gong Li has gone on to star in a number of Zhang Yimou's films, including The Story of Qiu Ju, Raise the Red Lantern, Curse of the Golden Glower, and Coming Home.
Also joining the cast is Chinese-Vietnamese actress Xana Tang as Mulan's sister, an original character for the movie. Gong Li is another seasoned veteran of the Chinese filmmaking industry, and is now set to play Mulan's villain - a powerful witch.
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Three new actors have just joined the Mulan live action film.
Jet Li has flirted with success in North America and the global action scene over the years.
Yen is a big star in his native China, having headlined the popular Ip Man series which is set to return with a fourth installment.
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Gong Li will be joined by the (previously announced) Liu Yifei (The Forbidden Kingdom) in the title role of Mulan, and Jet Li (Romeo Must Die, Fearless), who, the Hollywood Reporter relates, is in final talks to play the emperor of China. Gong Li was also in Hannibal Rising, and her performance is wonderful (if you haven't seen it you need to). The New Zealand-based actress' credits include local series Filthy Rich and Australian series The Letdown and Dead Lucky.
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