Nov 30, 2017

Mulan: Disney casts Chinese actress Liu Yifei in lead role

Disney has picked Chinese actor Liu Yifei to play Mulan in an upcoming film, following accusations against Hollywood of 'whitewashing'. Recent films accused of whitewashing include the Hollywood remake of Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell, which had Scarlett Johansson in the main role which was originally Japanese, and Chinese epic The Great Wall which starred Matt Damon as its lead character. Liu, nicknamed "Fairy Sister" for her delicate looks and previous roles in fantasy dramas, is well-known as an actress, model and singer in China. The film has been under intense scrutiny since it was announced that Disney intended to remake Mulan as a live-action film. An online petition calling for an Asian actress in the role attracted more than 100,000 signatures before it was shut on Thursday, claiming success in its campaign with Liu's casting.

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