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Minnesota actor will star in live action movie of Disney's 'Mulan'

Doua Moua got his big break in Clint Eastwood's 'Gran Torino.'

Hot on the heels of its successful live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, Disney is looking to recreate the magic with Mulan, and has cast a Minnesotan actor to help.

It was revealed earlier this month that Doua Moua has been cast as Chien-Po in the live action movie of Disney's 1998 animated classic, according to Deadline.

For those who have seen the original, Chien-Po was one of three soldiers Mulan befriends as she trains in disguise to go to war (he's the big one).

While now Los Angeles based, Moua grew up in St. Paul in the city's Hmong community.

You might remember he had a role in Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino in 1998, since when he's had more than a dozen roles in movies, shorts and TV.

He's been filming in New Zealand for the movie, which gets its release in spring 2020, and thanked his friends and family for their support after his casting was announced.

"To the little kids out there, follow your dreams and never let a 'No' stop you," he wrote on Facebook.

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"Please share and repost, very important, to show that the Hmong people come in numbers and to the kids out there that it can happen!! This is for my Hmong people, even within the the Asian Community, diversity does matter."

No word yet on whether the movie will include I'll Make a Man Out of You," in this writer's opinion one of the more underrated Disney songs.

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