While some small pockets of the internet are still debating the scientific accuracy of a black mermaid in Disney’s casting of Halle Bailey as Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, the studio has decided to go ahead and drop the trailer for their next live-action adaptation, Mulan.
The new film will borrow heavily from the original story, but will also be changing things. For example, this version won’t have a wise-cracking dragon ala Eddie Murphy’s Mushu. For me, this looks like it might be one of the more promising Disney live-action adaptations. We’ll see what the internet has to say over the next couple of days.
Mulan Stars Liu Yifei as Hua Mulan, Jet Li as The Emperor, Gong Li as the re-imagined villain for the film as well as Donnie Yen (Star Wars: Rogue One); Jason Scott Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny); Yoson An (The Meg); Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect); Ron Yuan(Marco Polo); Tzi Ma (Arrival); Rosalind Chao (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine); Cheng Pei-Pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon); Nelson Lee and Chum Ehelepola.
Mulan opens in theaters on March 27, 2020.
When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father. “Mulan” features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”