Who should play Mulan in the live action Disney film?
And then a hero comes along
Our picks for Mulan include tough-as-nails Asian American actresses from Once Upon A Time, The Flash and X-Men
Looks like Emma Stone couldn't really play any race. Making its rounds around social media is a casting call for actresses to play the titular role of Mulan for Disney's live action remake of the 1998 animated feature. Scheduling the release for 2 November 2018, the team behind the apparent casting company — Debra Zane Casting — has been on the lookout for talents to fill in mostly Chinese roles. We're certain that Asians all over heaved a sigh of relief when we learned of the casting decision, especially after the controversial casting of white actors in Asian roles such as Scarlett Johansson in Ghost In The Shell and Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange. While we'd love to see Ming-Na Wen reprise her role as Mulan (she voiced the dialogue while Lea Salonga sang the songs) the baton definitely needs to be passed to a younger protégé — even if "beige don't age".
Debra Zane Casting's a force in Hollywood — the team's responsible for discovering the likes of Amy Adams and Justin Long, and has played a part in films such as Catch Me If You Can, American Beauty and Ocean's 11.
Jamie Chung It's kind of a no-brainer, isn't it? She's played the live version of Mulan in the television series Once Upon A Time, where the character even turned out to be gay and in love with Princess Aurora — yup, of the Sleeping Beauty fame. While she's considerably older than the character's age, the Korean-American's definitely the most well-known on our list and could definitely bring in the moolahs.
Malese Jow Not only has she charmed audiences in The Flash, she's also done some air time in The Vampire Diaries. Yes, she's a favourite of The CW network, cashing in two seasons as Linda Park and Doctor Light in The Flash and three seasons as a vampire in The Vampire Diaries. Familiar with the superhero and supernatural genre, she's a shoo-in. Jow can also sing, having just released a new track two months ago here.
Lana Condor At 19 years of age, Condor's still a Hollywood baby, with a claim to fame as the mutant Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse. Even so, the role's in a mammoth of a film, starring opposite industry heavyweights Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Oscar Isaac. The Vietnamese-American's definitely a star on the rise, with a confirmed role in the upcoming James Cameron-produced sci-fi flick Alita: Battle Angel, due in July 2018.