In case you had any doubts Liu Yifei was going to kick ass as Mulan in the upcoming live-action adaptation, here’s a a little to something to soothe your worries: this first promo image from Disney, in which Liu is striking a classic ‘fight me’ pose and looking every inch the crossdressing warrior hero.
People only familiar with Liu via Google Images search might have had some trouble imagining Liu in the role–her overall vibe is more “ethereal woodland princess” than “could take out a Hun without breaking a sweat” but it seems like Yifei is a girl who can do both.
— Disney D23 (@DisneyD23) August 13, 2018
Not that this is Liu’s first action-flick rodeo–while she may be known in Chinese media as the nation’s “Fairy Sister,” she’s previously rocked martial arts-heavy roles opposite the likes of Jackie Chan.
Production has finally begun, however, on the long-awaited live-action MULAN, described by director Niki Caro as “big, girly martial arts epic.” With a cast that includes superstars Jet Li and Gong Li as well as Liu, Caro promises the final film will “extremely muscular and thrilling and entertaining and moving.”
In the meantime, get to know Yifei a little better by watching her star opposite Kris Wu in SO YOUNG 2: NEVER GONE, streaming for free only on AsianCrush.