It was recently announced that one of our favorite Disney badasses, Fa Mulan, will get her own live-action film nearly eighteen years after the original Disney animated movie was released. The film is currently in pre-production.
There has unfortunately been quite a bit of drama these past few weeks centered around a rumor that the Mulan live-action film slated for 2018 will be yet another cinematic victim of whitewashing, and our heroine will have a white European love interest. Thankfully, it seems as though that rumor has been debunked and the much anticipated live-action reboot will have a primarily Chinese cast.
With no news on the casting yet and tons of speculation on who will play Mulan, fans are also wondering who will play the tough yet vulnerable (and handsome!) military captain Li Shang.
We put together a list of talented and underrated Chinese and Taiwanese actors who could tackle the Li Shang role and do him justice.
Check out these 15 Actors Who Could Play Li Shang in the Mulan live-action movie.
15. Godfrey Gao
Taiwanese-born Canadian actor and model Godfrey Gao found fame in various Taiwanese TV dramas including Magicians of Love and Momo Love. He branched out into films with his debut in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones as Magnus Bane in 2013 and also did a Mandarin voice-over for Toy Story 3‘s Taiwan release. As a model, Gao is the first Asian male model to be featured in a campaign fashion label Louis Vuitton.
Not only does Godfrey Gao have the strong chin and strong body to play Li Shang, he also has the acting ability to play Li Shang really well. Many other fans agree, too. Even though Gao may not have a huge resume of films under his belt quite yet, taking on the role of Li Shang in Mulan could very well launch him into mainstream fame and he can finally get some global recognition for acting. Who wouldn’t want more Gao in their life?
14. Yoshi Sudarso
Yoshua “Yoshi” Sudarso is a Chinese-Indonesian American actor, model, and stuntman known for his work in The Maze Runner and Power Rangers Dino Charge. He has also been in several television series including Pretty Dudes and NCIS: Los Angeles. Sudarso’s brother, Peter Adrian Sudarso, is a famous model and actor known for his YouTube videos about fashion and cosplay, some of which Yoshi has been featured in. Sudarso developed a love of martial arts from watching the Power Rangers as a kid (he’s lived the dream now!) as well as Jackie Chan movies.
Like Godfrey Gao, Sudarso does not have a ton of well-known commercial work under his belt, and taking on the role of Li Shang could guarantee that we’ll see more of him. His stuntman background could be a huge advantage for an action-packed role in Mulan too. Sudarso caught wind of his fans comparing him to Li Shang and expressed interest in the role as well.