Lee Byung-hun lands role in Mulan

Korean heart-throb Lee Byung-hun (40) has just landed the coveted male lead role in the Hollywood production of Mulan. He will be starring opposite the beautiful Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi.

Word has it that Lee beat A-listers like Keanu Reeves, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Takuya Kimura, Jerry Yan and fellow Korean Won Bin to play Mulan’s lover. Lee will assume the role of a general from the Xianbei descent from eastern Mongolia.

Lee Byung Hun in Mulan

Mulan will be helmed by Speed director, Jan de Bont.

Lee Byung-hun gained worldwide recognition when he starred in the Hollywood blockbuster G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (he played the very charismatic villain Storm Shadow). Lee was also in the spaghetti western The Good, The Bad, The Weird and the hit Korean spy drama IRIS.

Mulan is expected to hit cinemas January 2011.

Credits: The Daily Chilli

Pic credits: Yonhap news

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