Zhang Ziyi wins Mulan role

September 6th, 2010

Zhang Ziyi has signed up to star in 'Mulan'.

The Chinese actress - who has appeared in 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', '2046' and 'Hero' - will play the lead in English speaking big-screen adaptation of the story of Hua Mulan, the young heroine soldier who joins an all-male army.

Jan de Bont will direct the film from screenwriter John Blickstead's recreation of the Chinese Joan of Arc story and she is hoping to bring action, drama and romance to the project.

William Morris Endeavor will handle the movie's North America Rights while Easternlight Films will be responsible for sales outside North America and Greater China, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Easternlight managing director and 'Mulan' producer Ying Ye said: "This is the first independent film directed by Jan de Bont, whose worldwide box office track record is huge.

"The pairing of Bont Zhang and Hua Mulan is a winning combination."

It is not the first time the story - which was originally described in a 6th century poem - has been made into a big-screen adaptation.

In 1998, Walt Disney made a hugely popular animated version of the same name.

Other parts in the film - including Mulan's family - have yet to be cast.

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