Production on Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan is well underway, but one thing the film is still missing is a leading lady.
Disney is currently on the hunt for the perfect Chinese actress to portray the iconic warrior princess and even recently launched a worldwide casting call in the hopes of finding the right woman for the part.
As of right now, there’s no telling if casting directors will choose to go with an unknown actress or someone who already has a few credits to their name. Even so, we thought it’d be fun to offer up some suggestions of our own. Here are seven actress of Chinese descent we think would be perfect for the role of Mulan in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation.
1. Ming-Na Wen
Fans now know Wen for her role as Agent Melinda May on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but the actress was also the original voice of Mulan in Disney’s Mulan and Mulan II. Wen even voiced everyone’s favorite warrior princess yet again for the Kingdom Hearts II video game. Seeing Wen take on the role of Mulan in Disney’s live-action adaptation would be an incredibly cool full-circle moment. Plus, we’re sure some of her skills fighting off Hydra could cross over when it comes to defeating the Huns!
2. Gemma Chan
Born in England to Chinese parents, Chan has gained traction over the past few years for scoring roles in favorites like Doctor Who, Sherlock, and J.K. Rowling’s upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Currently, Chan stars in AMC’s sci-fi drama, Humans, where she plays the highly realistic synth robot, Anita.
3. Juju Chan
Hong Kong born actress Juju Chan is known to American audiences for her role as Silver Dart Shi in Netflix’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. While the actress has had a successful career in films abroad, what makes her an incredibly qualified candidate to step into the role of Mulan is her extensive background as a Taekwon-Do and Kung Fu athlete— fans have even dubbed her the Female Bruce Lee.
4. Zhu Zhu
Born in Beijing, Zhu Zhu may be one of the most recognizable faces among our list. The actress has starred in a slew of prominent projects that have garnered mainstream success including Cloud Atlas, the Man with the Iron Fists, and Netflix’s 13th century period drama, Marco Polo.
5. Michelle Ang
Born in New Zealand, Ang is of Malaysian Chinese descent and has had a career in showbiz that spans nearly two decades. Those who grew up in the ’90s may recognize Ang from her role as Tai-San in the hit teen sci-fi series, The Tribe, but the actress has come a long way since then. Over the years, Ang has scored guest starring roles on series like Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Rizzoli & Isles. Walking Dead fans may also recognize Ang for her roles on Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462 and Fear the Walking Dead, where she plays Alex.
6. Katie Leung
Harry Potter fans are all to familiar with Leung, who played Cho Chang in Goblet of Fire. While Leung herself was born in Scotland, the actress can trace her family history back to Hong Kong where her father was born. Since wrapping on Potter, Leung has mostly stuck to acting in British television series like Run and One Child, but soon, you’ll be able to see her back on the big screen starring opposite Pierce Brosnan and Jackie Chan in the upcoming action thriller, The Foreigner.
7. Fan Bingbing
American movie goers may recognize Bingbing for portraying the mutant Blink in 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, but the actress is no stranger to the spotlight. In fact, Bingbing has had an incredibly long and successful career in her homeland of China where she’s starred in such hits as Cell Phone, The Matrimony, and Lost in Beijing.
Acting credits aside, Bingbing is also a successful pop singer, meaning if Disney decides to incorporate any of our favorite Mulan songs into the live-action adaptation, she’ll definitely be able to rise to the occasion!
Which actress would you like to see step into the role of Mulan? Let us know in the comments below!