Whitewashing and dubious casting when it comes to race has long been an issue in Hollywood (as our list of dubious casting choices here can attest to) and has recently seen many films come in for backlash from fans when they feel minority actors are being squeezed out by white actors taking on roles of different ethnicities and Disney have not been able to avoid this controversy with some of their casting decisions in their upcoming Aladdin remake but after they announced Chinese actor Liu Yifei for the lead role in their live-action remake of Mulan they have come in for praise.
The live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated movie will tell the tale of the famed Chinese heroine Hua Mulan who saves China from the rampaging Mongol hordes of old after disguising herself as a man in order to join the Chinese army and Liu will take on the lead role. A well-known actor and model in China and has been dubbed "Fairy Sister" in her native land for her delicate appearance and many roles in fantasy films and projects.
Chinese-American actress Ming-Na Wen, who voiced Mulan in the original animated movie, congratulated Liu on Twitter saying she was a great choice for the role which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, had over 1,000 candidates under consideration at one point. 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.
Have you seen any of Liu's work and do you think she is good for the role or are you just waiting to see how this turns out? let us know in the comments below.