Leehom is out, Jerry Yan is "in" for Zhang Ziyi’s Mulan?!
Back in July, Leehom Wang was rumored to be starring in the Hollywood version of Mulan, but the latest rumors indicate that the role has gone to to Jerry Yan instead. This big-budget adaptation of the classic story is tentatively titled “巾幗英雄 (roughly translates to ‘Heroic Woman’)”. Actress Zhang Ziyi will coproduce the movie with her manager Ling Lucas and Ming “Beaver” Kwei, while “Speed” director Jan de Bont will direct.
Jerry Yan was in the news recently after dropping out of the idol drama Material Queen. Reports said he in fact passed on two other projects in order to prepare for his movie role. The new live-action Mulan will be shot entirely in English, so Jerry is working hard on brushing up on his language skills. On whether he has accepted the role, Jerry's manager said they will not disclose at this time.
There are also some worries that Zhang Ziyi’s reputation might have been tarnished by the “Donation-gate” scandal. She recently returned with a "fresh" look in a milk product commercial in hopes to recuperate her image.