According to EW, actress Jamie Chung has been cast as legendary Chinese warrior Hua Mulan -- yes, the same character that inspired the Disney animated musical. She'll reported be a recurring character: 'Once Upon a Time' scoop: 'Hangover 2' actress cast as legendary warrior.
The character originates from an ancient Chinese poem about Hua Mulan, a young woman who takes her elderly father's place in the army. ABC's parent company Disney adapted the story for a well-received 1998 animated musical film starring Ming-Na and Eddie Murphy.I haven't seen Once Upon a Time, so I have no idea how Mulan will fit into the story. To be honest, I'm pleasantly surprised that they've found a way to incorporate some Asian flavor into the show's fairy tale-centered conceit. More here: 'Once Upon a Time' Casts 'Hangover' Star as Mulan.
UPDATE: Some more details about Mulan's character. She's described as having been trained in weaponry, tracking and riding, but "has a spirituality that enhances her tactical and strategic abilities. She has suffered past betrayals, so her trust is hard-won, but once she gives her oath of friendship her loyalty knows no boundaries." Also, "when she falls in love, she falls hard."