Disney definitely believes that Mulan is a girl worth fighting for, as the 1998 animated film is next on the list to get the live-action treatment.
While no cast or director has been announced, writers Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek already have a script in place for Chris Bender and J.C. Spink to produce. But let’s get down to business as any of these female figures could be potential candidates to play the honorable tomboy.
Roles previously played: Dr. Watson in Elementary, Viper in Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2, Alex Munday in Charlie’s Angels
Why she qualifies: Her roles mentioned above should be sufficient proof that she is capable to be an intelligent soldier able to defeat the Huns. We’ve all seen her kick some major butt and there is no denying the strength she can bring. The real question is if she can also channel the compassion and softness crucial to the character as well.
Roles previously played: Played the title character in Nikita, Tori in the Divergent series, Zhen Lei in Mission: Impossibe III
Why she qualifies: Like Liu, Maggie Q also fits the profile of being a fearless and fierce Mulan. However, on second thought, she may have too much maturity that may not make her a perfect fit.
Roles previously played: Mearing’s Aide in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Mrs. Sato from Lil Tokyo Reporter and Lane Kim in Gilmore Girls.
Why she qualifies: While not as well-known as the former two, Agena may lack the experience in being a badass, but she certainly possesses a charming characteristic crucial to Mulan.
Roles previously played: China White in CW’s Arrow and has made appearances in CSI: NY, Hawaii Five-0, Young Justice and Warehouse 13.
Why she qualifies: Hu has a diverse background with acting in all types of shows and movies which can only help her bring a unique quality to the character.
Now that we have our candidates, the real question becomes who can sing as well?
[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]