June 7 (UPI) — Newcomer Yoson An is joining the cast of Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan.
The New Zealand actor will play Chen Honghui, a military recruit and love interest to Mulan (Liu Yifei), in the forthcoming movie, according to Deadline.
The Hollywood Reporter described Chen as a “confident and ambitious” recruit who joins Commander Tung’s (Donnie Yen) unit. The character becomes Mulan’s most important ally and eventual love interest.
Mulan is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a young woman who takes her father’s place in the army. Disney previously adapted the story as a 1998 animated film featuring the voice of Min-Na Wen.
The new Mulan will star Liu, aka Crystal Liu, Yen, Jet Li and Gong Li. An, who is of Chinese heritage, is known for the HBO Asia miniseries Grace and also appeared in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.