That makes Caro well-suited for a movie like Mulan, which is based on the Chinese folk tale about a woman disguising herself as a man to take her father's place in the army.
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" producer Bill Kong will also serve as the film's executive producer.
Since delivering a critical and moderate commercial hit for Disney with McFarland, USA, Caro helmed the premiere for Netflix's upcoming series Annie and The Zookeeper's Wife, a Jessica Chastain-led World War II drama.
The site also indicates that Disney had other women for its lady warrior project, including Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins and Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones). She has been on Disney's radar recently for the "Captain Marvel" directing gig. Caro's hiring likely takes her out of the running for Captain Marvel, the studio's first female-fronted superhero movie.
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Disney's live-action Mulan movie has reportedly found a director. We're particularly excited about Caro taking the job, but we're also excited to hear these other names being bandied about for such high profile gigs. The studio had primarily pursued an Asian director for the project, meeting with Ang Lee and Rogue One star Jiang Wen, a hit director in his native China. There were extensive conversations with Chinese cultural consultants, and Disney is working closely with their own China-based team.
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Jurassic World) are doing the rewrite of the for Mulan that Disney bought in 2015. While there was a bit of early controversy when a spec script called for a white male lead, Disney has since clarified that "all primary roles, including the love interest, are Chinese".
Mulan, slated for release in November 2018, will be Disney's second film with a budget above $100 million (£80 million) to be directed by a woman, following Ava DuVernay signing on to adapt A Wrinkle in Time.