Mesmerized fans were collectively impressed by the release of the new Mulan trailer on Sunday, which led to racking up an astonishing amount of views. According to Deadline, the clip gathered a whopping 175 million hits within 24 hours. As for trailer popularity, it already ranks as high as hits like Avengers and The Lion King .
Although the trailer raised a bunch of fans among fans, the love of the original 1998 movie is strong and Disney aims to please both at home and internationally – with its 2020 release of this live-action remake. After a year-long search, Mulan's role went to Liu Yifei, but who is the Chinese actress who plays the iconic character?
Yifei's background in entertainment
Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, received her first acting as a teenager in the series, A Precious Family's History . According to IMDb, she was born in China and began to learn to sing, dance and play instruments at an early age. She lived in New York from 10 to 14 years and moved back to China to pursue her career. One of Liu & # 39; s breakout roles was in the fantasy series, Chinese Paladin and adaptation of the video game "The Legend of Sword and Fairy." Her work in the series got her nicknamed "Fairy Sister."
If she looks familiar to you, it's because you might remember her from The Forbidden Kingdom where she played as Golden Sparrow along with Jet Li. Her filmography credits also include Outcast and The Assassins . Her rising star has led to many offers, and The Hollywood Reporter notes that Liu has been a trademark ambassador for a number of large companies, including Garnier, Dior and Pantene.
In addition, she has martial arts, which was a factor when Liu was made like Hua Mulan. Her ability to play a warrior in an action girl was cemented by her background in wuxia, the genre describing the heroic epics of martial arts.
Together with her actor, Liu has talent of pop singing. It has been confirmed that Mulan will not be a musical (nor will it include the character Mushu), so the fans will not hear Liu singing voice in the movie. But you can still check out this video she created for the series Powerpuff Girls Z .
How people reacted to Liu's casting
With so many remakes pumped out of Hollywood, many
fans already decided that a live-action version of Mulan would be
something to avoid. After seeing Liu in the trailer, even the most stubborn senses
Initially, when Liu casting was announced back in 2017, Chinese film actors were split up, with many calling her a bad actress, Forbes reported. But seeing her as the hard Hua Mulan in teaser has changed that perception, and people are happy about the movie.
As the time inches closer to the film's release date in March, fans get the opportunity to see an extended trailer. While the big issues are about Mushu, Cri-Kee cricket, Mulan's hairstyle and the makeup-stripped sleeve, the audience can decide for themselves if Liu is the perfect one to play the legendary character.