In this edition of Casting Bits:

  • Benicio del Toro is set to star in Oliver Stone‘s next drama, White Lies.
  • Mark Hamill joins Knightfall as it’s renewed for season 2.
  • Disney’s live-action Mulan remake adds Jimmy Wong and Doua Moua.
  • Roland Emmerich‘s Midway enlists Patrick Wilson, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Tadanobu Asano, and Keean Johnson.
  • Jesse Plemons to co-star with Keri Russell in Scott Cooper‘s Antlers.
  • Patton Oswalt joins Disney’s live-action Kim Possible movie.
  • Joel Kinnaman joins Ron Moore’s space drama at Apple.

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Mulan first look

Update: Director Niki Caro has revealed a stunning shot from the set of the film and you can check it out below.

Disney is getting down to business with a live-action remake of Mulan, the 1998 animated film about the folktale of the female Chinese warrior who goes undercover in the Imperial Army by posing as a man and fights against invading forces. To mark the start of production, the studio has unveiled a Mulan first look photo of actress Liu Yifei in the title role, which you can see below.

But there’s some unfortunate news as well. Disney’s press release seems to confirm what many diehard fans of the animated original have long feared: it appears that this version will not be a musical. Read More »

wreck it ralph 2 disney princesses

One of the most highly anticipated moments in Ralph Breaks the Internet is the scene where the Disney princesses of the House of Mouse meet the modern gamer girl, Vanellope (Sarah Silverman). More than just a glorified cameo, the scene brings back the majority of the original voice actresses and shows our favorite princesses in a new light.

But what do the princesses get up to when they’re not wielding glass slippers as weapons? Apparently, they love to lounge about in casual wear just like us. And we have been blessed with a first look at the brand new outfits that the princesses wear in their downtime.

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mulan cast

A former Disney hero will soon become the next Disney villain. Jason Scott Lee, who played Mowgli in the 1994 The Jungle Book, has been cast as a villain in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan.

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mulan love interest casting

After much hoopla had been made over reports that Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan wouldn’t feature her dreamy love interest Shang, you can rest easy. Kind of. Disney has cast New Zealand-born Yoson An as a new love interest, and yes, he’s dreamy. But he’s not playing Shang.

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Disney’s live-action adaptations of its beloved classics are adding even more cast members. The latest bit of Disney casting is for the upcoming Mulan and Maleficent 2, which each cast two strong character actors in supporting roles.

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Mulan Remake cast

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.

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Mulan cast Donnie Yen

The coolness factor of Disney’s live-action Mulan has just increased considerably. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Donnie Yen has joined the live-action Mulan cast as a mentor to Mulan.

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/Answers: Our Favorite Heroes of Color

Heroes of Color

Every week in /Answers, we answer a new pop culture-related question. In this edition, tying in with the release of Marvel’s Black Panther, we ask “Who is your favorite non-white movie hero?”

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mulan star

Disney has honored its promise to cast a Chinese actress as the star of its live-action adaptation of Mulan. Chinese actress Liu Yifei has been cast as Fa Mulan, the warrior woman who saves all of China in the classic Chinese myth and 1998 animated Disney film.

Liu’s casting marks the end of a year-long search for the Mulan star, who Disney assured us would be of Chinese descent after outcry over issues of whitewashing in Hollywood. Now that Liu has finally been cast, the live-action adaptation can ultimately get down to business to begin production in time for Disney’s planned 2019 release.

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