What a revolutionary concept: a film with a strong female character is going to be directed by a female director.
According to Glamour, The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Feb. 14 that the live-action remake of Disney’s classic Mulan will be directed by Niki Caro, who beat out Asian directors Ang Lee and Jiang Wen for the job. Hong Kong-based Bill Kong will take up the role of executive producer on the film, says Glamour.
Caro, who earned two Oscar nominations for her 2005 film North Country, is also making a bit of history by sitting in the director’s chair for the remake: Glamour reports that she will become the second female in history (after Ava DuVernay) to direct a film with a budget of $100 million or more.
The Hollywood Reporter also laid to rest early speculation that the film would star white characters — even a potential white male lead — by sharing that the studio is “focusing its casting search in mainland China for the main roles, including the legendary woman warrior herself.”