de Bont, Zhang Team For “Mulan” Biopic

Filmmaker Jan de Bont (“Twister,” “Speed”) has signed up to direct an independently-produced, English-language live-action biopic about legendary Chinese young heroine soldier Hua Mulan says The Hollywood Reporter.

John Blickstead penned the script based on the story which was first described in a 6th century poem. Zhang Ziyi (“Rush Hour 2,” “Memoirs of a Geisha”) will star as the titular character and shooting kicks off this Fall at the Hengdian World Studios outside of Shanghai.

Pre-production is underway currently in Beijing and fluent English-speaking Asian actors are currently being sought for supporting roles, while the film is scheduled to wrap in January.