8:11 pm EST, February 14, 2017

Disney’s live-action ‘Mulan’ lands female director

Disney’s live-action Mulan film has found its director, and all eyes will be on her to make sure this incarnation is worthy of the legend.

Disney isn’t the only one developing a new Mulan movie. Back in October we learned that Game of Thrones director Alex Graves will be taking up directorial duties, despite the fact that he is neither Chinese nor female.

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Disney got it half right with their choice of director. The Hollywood Reporter broke news that Niki Caro will be directing their version of the story, which marks only the second time a female director has worked on a $100+ million budget film at the studio.

If you’re wondering who the first was, it’s Ava DuVernay, who will be helming A Wrinkle in Time. We’ve been following the casting of that film fairly closely, as it’s promising to be quite the diverse group of people.

Luckily, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s producer Bill Kong has signed on to executive produce the film, which will hopefully help Disney keep the story as authentic as possible. All eyes will be on the studio now as we wait to find out who will be cast in the lead role, especially following the recent controversy over the original script.

Caro made waves in 2015 with McFarland, USA, where she famously immersed herself in Mexican-American culture in central California in order to bring an authenticity to the project. Hopefully we’ll be seeing the same sort of dedication out of her for Mulan.

THR also notes her hiring on to direct Mulan likely takes her out of the running to direct Marvel’s Captain America, starring Brie Larson.

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