Playing a legendary warrior is a difficult task so we hope these actresses are up for the challenge.
Disney recently announced that it is developing a live-action version of its popular animated feature Mulan. Reports say that there’s already a script on hand, but casting will probably only be done in the next few months.
The 1998 cartoon version follows the story of a Chinese female warrior named Hua Mulan who disguised herself as a man in order to take her elderly father’s place in the army. The upcoming movie might veer slightly from the original storyline; it’s probably not such a good idea to include a tiny dragon as Mulan’s funny sidekick in the live-action version.
Still, you can expect the movie to be one that’s packed with action and drama, featuring many Asian/Asian-American actors. Hey, the story is based on an ancient Chinese legend, anyway.
While we think Ming-Na Wen, who voiced the main character in the cartoon, is an awesome actress (have you seen her in Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D?), we do not think she would be a good choice to play Mulan in the live-action version.
Top Chinese actresses like Zhang Ziyi, Tang Wei, Li Bingbing and Zhao Wei (who played the role in Jingle Ma’s 2009 film Mulan: Rise Of A Warrior) are also not on our radar because they are too old to play the character. Based on the cartoon, Mulan is supposed to be of “marrying age” but since it is set in ancient China, that could mean as young as 15.
Check out who our choices are and let us know what you think.
1. Jamie Chung
Chung is a familiar face in Hollywood, having acted in dozens of films and TV shows. In 2013, she played Mulan in the TV series Once Upon A Time so she has a slight advantage over everyone else on this list.
She’s 32 years old and Korean, but can still pass off as a young Chinese lady.
2. Malese Jow
If you’re a fan of the TV series Vampire Diaries and The Flash, then you might just recognise this actress. As a teenager, Jow was part of Nickelodeon’s pool of young talents and appeared in shows like Big Time Rush and Unfabulous.
Jow comes from a mixed parentage – her father is Chinese while mum is Caucasian with a touch of Native American.
3. Janel Parrish
Apart from Pretty Little Liars, Parrish has not been involved in any big production yet. But sometimes a fresh face is what a movie needs to become a hit.
4. Fan Bingbing
Fan is one of the highest-paid actresses in China. She has appeared in many films including foreign productions like X-Men: Days Of Future Past last year.
However, she might have some trouble speaking in English but since this project is still in its early stages, Fan has a lot of time to practise.
5. Celina Jade
Jade plays Shado in the TV programme Arrow, so you know she’s very good with action scenes. Also, she’s the daughter of a legendary martial artist who is said to have shared some screen time with Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
6. Constance Wu
Wu is getting a lot of attention these days thanks to her starring role in the TV series, Fresh Off The Boat. She plays a wife and mother in the show, but she’s really only 24 years old in real life.
7. Celia Au
Not much is known about this actress/mode/writer/director/model who once played a henchwoman on Gotham. She wrote and directed a short film called Distraktion in 2013 and starred in Revenge Of The Green Dragons last year.
Based on her IMDB listing, Au has five projects this year including People, Places, Things.
8. Arden Cho
The actress from Teen Wolf (the TV series, not the 1980s film, obviously) is more known for her voice work in the videogame Tomb Raider.
Cho, who hails from Texas, has just been cast in a movie called Flexx, slated for a 2018 release. She's also a singer.
9. JuJu Chan
Although she has appeared in several films, we will get to see more of Chan when Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend comes out in August. Apparently, this actress is a master when it comes to handling nunchaku or “nunchucks”.