Yen will join the fight to defeat…the Huns.
Rogue One’s Donnie Yen is set to star as new character Commander Tung opposite Liu Yifei’s Mulan in Disney’s live-action adaptation.
Deadline reports that Yen will star as Tung, a “mentor and teacher” to Mulan. Yen is familiar to Western audiences for his role as Chirrut Îmwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but his star shines even brighter in China, where he is best known for his work in the Ip Man franchise.
New Zealander Niki Caro (Whale Rider) is directing the adaptation. According to Caro, the live-action Mulan may not be a musical. Instead, it will be “a big, girly martial arts epic.”
In March, Disney announced Mulan will hit theaters on March 27, 2020, almost a year-and-a-half later than the original release date of November 2, 2018.
Lucy O’Brien is Games & Entertainment Editor at IGN’s Sydney office. Follow her on Twitter.