It’s pretty fun to see a pictorial from a few months ago suddenly align in perfect synergy with the latest big casting news. C-actress Crystal Liu‘s casting in the live-action Disney movie Mulan had made the news all around the world in a way that her star power in China for the last decade and a half has been limited only to Asia. All eyes are on her now to step up in a big way to the international stage the way Zhang Zi Yi did in 2000 with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. In terms of visuals she’s got it nailed, as evidenced by this August 2017 Cosmopolitan pictorial that has her wielding a sword casually like it’s a natural extension of her, all while looking comfortably fierce. I’m thrilled with her casting as Mulan the more I think of it, and hopefully all that she’s learned as an actress all these years will coalesce on the biggest screen debut of her career come 2019.