Donnie Yen to play brand new character in live-action Disney remake

Dini Azri

Donnie Yen is set to star in his second Disney movie after "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story".

12 Apr – Disney has cast yet another Chinese actor for the live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated movie, "Mulan".

Deadline is reporting that Donnie Yen, of "Ip Man" fame, will be joining Disney's next live-action remake in a mentor type role named Commander Tung.

The character is brand new, created exclusively for this version of the movie, as the original animated version did not feature any mentor character for Mulan (unless Mushu the dragon counts?).

Yen is set to star alongside Liu Yifei who will play the titular role, with Niki Caro attached to direct.

This will be Yen's second Disney movie after his prominent role as the blind Force believer, Chirrut Îmwe, in the "Star Wars" spin-off, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story".

"Mulan" is one of Disney's plans to adapt its classic animated movies to live-action format, which also include upcoming movies like "Aladdin", "Dumbo", and "The Lion King".

The story of "Mulan" is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a female warrior who disguised herself as a man to take over her aging father's place in the army and fought in war for 12 years.

"Mulan" is scheduled for a 27 March 2020 release date in North America.