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Crystal Liu to play lead in Disney’s live-action “Mulan”

Chinese actress Crystal Liu, right, and her boyfriend, South Korean star Song Seung-heon, are pictured last year in this undated selfie retaken from Song’s Weibo page.

Photo: Chen Li-yen, Liberty Times

Walt Disney has announced that Chinese actress Crystal Liu will play the lead in the live-action adaptation of the classic animated film Mulan, according to Hollywood Reporter. Taiwanese actress Hu Ting-ting, the Mulan lookalike expected to win the role, did not make the cut.

Disney had a year-long casting search spanning five continents, with nearly 1,000 candidates auditioning for the role of Mulan, which requires martial arts skills, fluent English and, most important of all, star quality. Liu, who lived in New York for part of her childhood, is fluent in English and stood out among the competition.

Liu gained popularity for her role Fairy Sister in the hit TV drama Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils. Disney had allegedly planned to have a white actress such as Jennifer Lawrence to play the role of Mulan. Its attempts to “whitewash” Asian culture have been heavily criticized online.

(CNA and Liberty Times, translated by Eddy Chang)

根據「好萊塢報導」,華特迪士尼公司近日表示,中國女演員劉亦菲雀屏中選 將擔任經典動畫「花木蘭」真人版主角。原本被外界看好,酷似木蘭的台灣女演員胡婷婷意外落馬。




1. live-action

adj. 真人版;真人表演

(zhen1 ren2 ban3; zhen1 ren2 biao2 yan3)

2. lookalike

n. 酷似者;相像者

(ku4 si4 zhe3; xiang1 xiang4 zhe3)

3. casting

n. 選角

(xuan2 jiao3)

4. audition

v. 試鏡

(shi4 jing4)

5. whitewash

v. 漂白;變白

(piao3 bai2; bian4 bai2)

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