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‘Mulan’: Utkarsh Ambudkar & Ron Yuan Added To Disney’s Live-Action Adaptation

Exclusive: Utkarsh Ambudkar and Ron Yuan (Netflix’s Marco Polo) have come aboard the Niki Caro-directed live-action adaptation of Disney’s Mulan, which has Chinese actress Liu Yifei set to play the title role. Based on the studio’s 1998 animated feature, which was based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the pic follows the rise of Mulan during the Han Dynasty when this daughter of a legendary warrior impersonates a man to fight against…
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Disney's 'Mulan' Casts 'Pitch Perfect' Actor Utkarsh Ambudkar

Disney's 'Mulan' Casts 'Pitch Perfect' Actor Utkarsh Ambudkar
Utkarsh Ambudkar, who is best known for his role in Universal's Pitch Perfect movies, has joined Disney's Mulan, along with Marco Polo actor Ron Yuan.

The duo will be joining the Niki Caro-directed movie, which will star Liu Yifei as the titular heroine, who disguises herself as a man in order to spare her elderly father from having to join the military.

Also starring in the movie is Jet Li as the emperor, Donnie Yen as Mulan's mentor, and Gong Li as the movie's villain.

Mulan, which is dated for a March 27, 2020, release, will be shooting on location ...
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Jet Li's Manager Says Actor's Hyperthyroidism Is 'Nothing Life-Threatening' Amid Health Concerns

Jet Li's Manager Says Actor's Hyperthyroidism Is 'Nothing Life-Threatening' Amid Health Concerns
Jet Li‘s manager is speaking out on behalf of his client after a photo showing the action star looking frail and unrecognizable went viral over the weekend, prompting concerns for the 55-year-old’s health.

“He has hyperthyroidism that he’s been dealing with for almost 10 years,” Steven Chasman told the Washington Post Monday. “It’s nothing life-threatening and he’s dealing with it.”

In a snap taken of Li with a fan in Tibet that surfaced Saturday, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the martial art star smiles for the camera but looks weak. The man he poses with uses
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Jet Li Health Scare Rumors: Manager Assures Fans Actor’s Illness Is ‘Nothing Life-Threatening’

Jet Li Health Scare Rumors: Manager Assures Fans Actor’s Illness Is ‘Nothing Life-Threatening’
Jet Li’s manager, Steven Chasman, has issued a statement to The Washington Post clarifying that the actor is not in poor health. Li’s health was called into question following the circulation of a photograph online in which the actor appears frail and unrecognizable. The photo caused many fans to pray for Li’s health on social media, but Chasman says Li is in good spirits and the photograph is just an unfortunate one.

“He has hyperthyroidism that he’s been dealing with for almost 10 years,” Chasman told The Post. “It’s nothing life-threatening and he’s dealing with it.”

Li was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism around 2010. The illness is a thyroid condition that causes fatigue and weight loss. The Post explains that hyperthyroidism occurs when “the thyroid gland makes more thyroid hormones than your body needs.” These hormones “control the way the body uses energy, so they affect nearly every organ in your body,
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Jet Li, 55, Looks Frail and Unrecognizable in Photo Amid Battle with a Thyroid Disorder

Jet Li, 55, Looks Frail and Unrecognizable in Photo Amid Battle with a Thyroid Disorder
Jet Li has spent the last few years away from the spotlight, but a recent photo reportedly of the action star with a fan has fueled speculation that his health is declining.

In a snap taken of Li with a fan in Tibet that surfaced Saturday, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the 55-year-old martial art star smiles for the camera but looks frail. The man he poses with uses one of his hands to support the actor’s arms, which he crosses in front of his body.

Jackie Chan and Jet Li were like Gods to me when I was little.
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Disney's Mulan Remake Lines Up Massive $300 Million Budget?

With production expected to begin soon on Disney's live-action remake of Mulan, and the cast coming together, a new report claims that the studio will be shelling out the big bucks for this project. While it has yet to be confirmed with the studio, a report claims that Disney has set aside close to $300 million for this adventure, making it one of the most expensive live-action movies of all time. If this report is accurate, it will also be the most expensive movie ever made by a female director, with Niki Caro taking the helm.

Pre-production is currently under way in New Zealand, with Disney using the same crew to build sets that were used on the Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure Thor: Ragnarok. The sets they are building are said to be massive and of "unprecedented scale." The sets are currently in the design phase, and it will take
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Disney’s live-action Mulan reportedly has a $290 million budget

It looks like Disney is sparing no expense when it comes to its live-action remake of the animated movie Mulan, with Pursue News reporting that the Mouse House has set aside a $290 million budget for the movie.

Mulan is being helmed by Nika Caro (The Zookeeper’s Wife), who – assuming these numbers are accurate – will become the first female filmmaker to direct a movie with a budget in excess of $200 million.

Pre-production is underway in New Zealand ahead of an August start date, and Pursue News reports that the film’s sets – which being constructed by the team who worked on Thor: Ragnarok – are of an unprecedented scale.

Mulan is based on a Chinese legend about Hua Mulan, a young female warrior who disguises herself as a man in order to join the Chinese military, taking the place of her aging father, to protect her country from the threats they face.
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I’m an Asian American Actor Who Went to China Before Hollywood Would Cast Me as a Lead (Guest Blog)

Producing and starring in AMC’s “Into the Badlands” is a professional experience that I never thought I would see. It’s not just because drama and martial arts done together with a diverse cast is an American television first. Or because joining its cast was an unexpected homecoming for me.

For the 20 years before “Into the Badlands,” I spent my career working largely in Hong Kong and China. In 1997, while traveling in Hong Kong just after graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in architecture, I was spotted by director Yonfan. He asked me to take the lead role in his film “Bishonen.” Without either acting experience or a full grasp of the Cantonese language (Shanghai dialect was spoken at home), I turned down the role at first. He relentlessly pressed me to change my mind, and after a month I gave in.

It was a decision that changed my life and put me on a path that I never dared dream for myself. Two weeks after the film wrapped, I was on the set of my second film. Within two years I had done six films. By 2000, I was playing lead roles in everything from romantic comedies to big-budget action films. Now, 70 films later, my work has been embraced all over Chinese-speaking Asia.

Would any of this happened to me if I’d decided to start a career in acting at home? I really don’t think so.

Also Read: 'Into the Badlands' Renewed for Season 3 on AMC

Growing up a Chinese-American kid in 1970s and 1980s California, I saw no possibility for me to become an actor, especially one playing lead roles. There were many characters I loved on television — white, black and Latino — but I rarely saw people like myself represented. When I did see an Asian man appear on the screen, he was either a gross stereotype or something even worse.

I grew up watching “Kung Fu,” a TV series starring a white man (David Carradine) in yellow face playing a Chinese man. Legend has it that Bruce Lee had developed the concept for the show, hoping to creating an opportunity for himself. The studio loved the idea but cast a white man. While Bruce Lee eventually became a global icon, it was only after his untimely death — and after he first found opportunity in Hong Kong.

Almost two decades before “Kung Fu” aired, my parents immigrated to the U.S. Escaping war and political unrest, they came in pursuit of their idea of the American Dream. Both earned advanced degrees in the U.S. and worked to establish themselves professionally.

Also Read: 15 White Actors Miscast in Non-White Roles, From Mickey Rooney to Emma Stone (Photos)

Arriving in Berkeley, Calif., as newlyweds in 1961, my parents were barred from purchasing the house they wanted when the realtor told them it was in a “Whites Only” neighborhood. Undeterred, they went on to buy a house in a neighborhood nearby. From that house they could see up into the Berkeley Hills where the most beautiful and coveted homes in town were.

My mom would often tell my dad, “One day we will have a house there. ” And less than 10 years later they did it. And from that point on, they set their sights on making sure that their three kids received every opportunity to achieve their own dreams.

My mother had lofty goals for us. I remember a period when my mother kept planting a seed in my head, telling me that I could be the first Chinese-American president of the United States.

Also Read: 'Mulan' Fans Thank Disney for Not Whitewashing Live-Action Movie by Casting of Chinese Star

So it is kind of ironic that I had to leave the country for 20 years and become known to an audience of 1 billion Chinese before I would have the opportunity to come back to the U.S. and live my American Dream. And it’s also ironic that my Shanghai-born parents were immigrants to the U.S. and that I went the opposite way, to Hong Kong. But the root of my parents’ journeys and my own was the same — the pursuit of opportunity.

In retrospect, I feel very fortunate to have begun my career the way I did. Living and working in Asia insulated me from the race issue that is all-pervasive in entertainment in the U.S., especially now. When I won a part in Hong Kong, it was because I was right for it and not just because I fit the bill racially. Conversely, if I was rejected, it was because of my ability, which was something I could work on and not because of my race, which I couldn’t. So instead of being an angry Asian American actor lamenting about limited roles, being in Asia allowed me to focus on the craft of acting and to choose roles that helped broaden me as an actor.

My time in Asia not only insulated me from spirit-breaking casting situations that my fellow Asian American actor friends endured, but it allowed me to become a better actor. It also brought me closer to my culture, and made me who I am today. When I did enter Hollywood, knowing that my peeps had my back gave me a lot of confidence. If I had spent years in U.S. casting rooms getting rejected because I wasn’t the right skin color, or turning down one stereotypical role after another, or taking said roles because I needed to pay rent, I would have quit a long time ago.

After the first season of “Into the Badlands” debuted, I was reluctant to be a racial role model. I just wanted to focus on the work and make great television. During my 20 years in Asia I never needed to talk about these topics, let alone be the center of attention about them.

But after the second season premiered, and we learned about the impact the show was having, I started to understand the importance of stepping up. I’ve accepted the fact that I am one of the very few Asian men in the American entertainment and that by default people were going to look to me symbol of change. So as people have embraced me I have learned to embrace that new role.

Am I going to run for president? Hell no. But I think my parents’ dream for me was to find my place in this country, to be successful at what I do and most importantly, to be happy. I am proud to know that I might have some part in righting what happened to Bruce Lee over 40 years ago. And I am proud that some kid might watch “Into the Badlands” and think, “I want to be like him!”

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Disney's Mulan Remake Brings in Jet Li and Gong Li

Disney's live-action remake of Mulan is finally starting to take shape. The movie will shoot this summer in New Zealand and China, while Jet Li and Gong Li have officially both joined Donnie Yen and Liu Yifei in the casting of the remake. It was announced earlier today that Yen will be portraying Commander Tung and it's been known for a while that Yifei will play the titular role. The new casting announcements come after it was revealed that Disney is pushing the movie back until 2020.

Jet Li is reportedly set to play the Emperor of China in this Disney live-action remake of Mulan. Pat Morita voiced the character in the original version of the movie. The Emperor orders the mobilization of troops through compulsory enrollment in the military, making one male from each household join to go fight. In the story, Mulan disguises herself as a man to
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Donnie Yen and More Join Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan': What We Can Expect

We first heard about Disney's plans to make a new version of their animated film Mulan just over three years ago. The project is picking up speed now with the announcement that three major stars have been cast in key roles. What can we expect from the live-action Mulan?   Why could this be especially important for Disney? In March 2015, we noted: "It's a fairly standard retelling of a classic Chinese story about a young woman who hides her identity, enrolls in the army and becomes an unlikely warrior, icon and hero. But it's that last part that could easily make this a huge movie for Disney. "International box office matters more and more in this day and age, and one of the most important markets in the world is China. So a big budget Disney movie...
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Donnie Yen Is Commander Tung in Disney's Mulan Remake

Now that Disney has locked in Liu Yifei, a.k.a. Crystal Liu, to play Mulan in the studio's live-action remake, the studio has moved on to round out the cast. Chinese superstar Donnie Yen has been cast in Mulan as Commander Tung, who is described as a mentor and teacher to Mulan. There was no Commander Tung character in the original 1998 animated film Mulan, so it seems likely this is a new character created specifically for this live-action remake.

Liu Yifei was cast as the title character back in late November, although no further characters have been cast at this time. This new casting report comes just over a month after Disney pushed the Mulan release date from an unspecified date in 2019 to March 27, 2020. As of now, Mulan will go up against Paramount's G.I. Joe 3 on that date, although that will change in the next two years.
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Donnie Yen and More Join Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan': What We Can Expect

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We first heard about Disney's plans to make a new version of their animated film Mulan just over three years ago. The project is picking up speed now with the announcement that three major stars have been cast in key roles. What can we expect from the live-action Mulan?   Why could this be especially important for Disney? In March 2015, we noted: "It's a fairly standard retelling of a classic Chinese story about a young woman who hides her identity, enrolls in the...

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Gong Li, Jet Li Join Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’

Gong Li, Jet Li Join Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’
Chinese stars Gong Li and Jet Li are joining Disney’s live-action version of “Mulan” opposite Donnie Yen and Liu Yifei.

The film is a remake of Disney’s 1998 animated film in which Fa Mulan, daughter of aging warrior Fa Zhou, impersonates a man to take her father’s place during a general conscription during the Han Dynasty.

Jet Li is in final talks to play the emperor of China, who orders the mobilization of troops. Gong Li will portray the villain as a powerful witch. Chinese-Vietnamese actress Xana Tang will play Mulan’s sister.

Niki Caro is directing the film, which also includes Donnie Yen as Mulan’s mentor, Commander Tung. Mulan will begin shooting in August in China and New Zealand.

Chris Bender, Jason Reed, and Jake Weiner are producing the movie. The film’s release was recently pushed back by more than a year to March 27, 2020.

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Remake Adds Jet Li and Gong Li

The casting process for Disney’s live-action Mulan remake is picking up steam. After recent news that Donnie Yen has joined the film, word comes that Gong Li and Jet Li have joined the cast as well. You wan’t more Mulan casting news? You got it. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Disney’s latest live-action remake has added action superstar Jet Li […]

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Donnie Yen joins Disney's live action Mulan

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Working on a Disney movie comes with plenty of perks, the best of them all being that you may get the opportunity to be in more Disney movies. Donnie Yen got a chance to work with the House of Mouse for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and now in a perfect piece of casting, the superstar from China will be joining the soon-to-be-megahit movie, Mulan. [See More] Deadline got the exclusive that Yen has joined the... Read More...
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Film / TV Casting: Star Trek: Discovery, The Spy, Donnie Yen in Mulan, & More

Star Trek: Discovery, The Spy, Mulan, and Other Casting News

Star Trek: Discovery, The Spy, Mulan, and other films and television shows have made recent film, TV series, and TV mini-series casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States and abroad. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are [...]

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Rogue One Actor Donnie Yen Joins Disney's Live-Action Mulan Film

Donnie Yen, the actor best known for his role in the IP Man trilogy and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is set to star in Disney's live-action adaptation of Mulan. According to Deadline, he will take on the role of Commander Tung, who is a mentor and teacher to Mulan. A role that Yen is absolutely perfect for!

Yen joins the previously cast Liu Yifei, who is set to play the title role. The film will be directed by Niki Caro, who previously helmed the wonderfully made films Whale Rider, McFarland, USA and The Zookeeper’s Wife. She's a talented director and I think she'll end up giving us a solid film regardless of the fact that it doesn't look like any of the classic songs from the animated movie will be used.

The story follows a young maiden who secretly takes her father's place in an army
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Donnie Yen Joins the Cast of Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’

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Donnie Yen Joins the Cast of Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’
Action Star Donnie Yen (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”) has joined the cast of Disney’s live-action “Mulan,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Yen will play Commander Tung in remake of 1998 Disney animated film.

Niki Caro is directing the film, which stars Chinese actress Liu Yifei in the title role. Jason Reed, Chris Bender and Jake Weiner are producing, and Bill Kong is executive producing.

Also Read: 'Mulan' Fans Thank Disney for Not Whitewashing Live-Action Movie by Casting of Chinese Star

Disney’s live-action version of the classic Disney tale comes on the heels of various revival projects like “The Jungle Book” and “Beauty and the Beast,” both of which grossed over $1 billion worldwide. “Beauty and the Beast” grossed $174.8 million its opening weekend alone. A remake of “The Lion King” is one of many upcoming live-action projects.

The animated “Mulan,” released in 1998, was based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan and was directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook. It grossed $304.3 million worldwide after earning $22.7 million its opening weekend.

Yen was the martial arts choreographer for 2000’s “Highlander: Endgame” and 2002’s “Blade II,” appearing in both of those films as an actor, as well. He also starred opposite Jackie Chan in 2003’s “Shanghai Knights.”

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Yen made his movie debut in the 1984 Hong Kong film “Drunken Tai Chi” and came to wider attention with his portrayal of Nap-lan Yun-seut in 1992’s “Once Upon a Time in China II.” His international breakthrough came playing the title character in 2008’s “Ip Man,” based on Wing Chun grandmaster — and Bruce Lee’s teacher — Yip Man. He reprised that role in 2010’s “Ip Man 2” and last year’s “Ip Man 3,” where Yen starred opposite boxing legend Mike Tyson – and accidentally broke the champ’s finger during a fight scene.

Yen is repped by CAA, Bullet Films, and Bloom Hergott.

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‘Mulan’ Live-Action Disney Reboot Casts ‘Rogue One’ Star Donnie Yen

‘Mulan’ Live-Action Disney Reboot Casts ‘Rogue One’ Star Donnie Yen
Donnie Yen is set to star opposite Liu Yifei in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Mulan.”

Niki Caro is directing, and Chris Bender, Jason Reed, and Jake Weiner are producing the movie. The film’s release was recently pushed back by more than a year to March 27, 2020.

The English-language version of the original “Mulan” (1998) featured the voices of Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, Miguel Ferrer, and Bd Wong, while Jackie Chan voiced Chinese dubs of the movie. The animated film grossed $304.3 million worldwide.

Jurassic World” and “Avatar” sequel scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver came on board in 2015 to rewrite the spec by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin.

The studio’s emphasis on live-action reboots follows the successes of “Maleficent,” “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book,” and, most recently, “Beauty and the Beast,” which was one 2017’s biggest box office hits. The studio is now shooting “Dumbo,” with Tim Burton directing and Colin Farrell starring.
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Chadwick Boseman Does Wakanda Proud (While Also Getting Pretty Silly Sometimes)

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Chadwick Boseman Does Wakanda Proud (While Also Getting Pretty Silly Sometimes)
Host: Chadwick Boseman

First of all: Boseman’s choice of ensemble for the monologue? Good God, the man knows how to dress. He also knows how to deliver a few solid jokes and dance, and it was good to see the writers take advantage of both elements.

It was also the closest that “SNL” got to taking advantage of Boseman’s status as America’s Preeminent Black Biopic Star, referencing his past work portraying not just the King of Wakanda, but historical figures like Jackie Robinson and James Brown. The episode in general was interesting in how it chose largely to use Boseman as a utility player rather than lean into his specific characteristics for sketches, which can usually go one of two ways: Create unique opportunities for weird-ass moments, or lead to a lot of straight-down-the-middle safe bets.

This week featured far more of the latter, with a fair
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