Mulan, the Chinese legend about a young woman who masquerades as a man to go to war, is getting the live-action remake treatment at Disney.
The 1998 animation is getting a full overhaul, top to bottom, from story to songs (or lack of). We’ve taken a look at who is playing the heroine, the controversy surrounding the rest of the cast and whether there will actually be any songs in the new version.
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When is Mulan released in cinemas?
Mulan will hit UK cinemas on 27th March 2020. The film is scheduled for release in the US on the same day.
The film has been delayed from its original November 2018 release.
Mulan 2020 cast
Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu (The Forbidden Kingdom, Outcast) will play Mulan. The casting call asked for someone with “credible martial arts skill” and English language skills so Liu Yifei fits the bill.
Donnie Yen (Rogue One) will play Mulan’s mentor Commander Tung, while Jet Li (Lethal Weapon 4) will star as The Emperor, Gong Li (Memoirs of a Geisha) as villain Xian Lang, a powerful witch, Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect) as con artist Skath and Jason Scott Lee (The Jungle Book) as vengeful warrior leader Bori Khan. Marco Polo’s Ron Yuan has been cast as the “fiercely loyal” second in command and Chum Ehelepola has been cast as Ramtish, another con-artist.
Actor Yoson An will play Mulan’s love interest. Chinese-Vietnamese star Xana Tang will play Mulan’s sister, another new addition to the story, but similar to the ballad where Mulan had a brother.
What is Mulan about?
Much like the original 1998 animated version starring Eddie Murphy, the remake is expected to follow the popular Chinese folktale about a young warrior woman, Mulan, who masquerades as a man.In the original movie, when Mulan learns that her injured father is to be called up into the army to fight the invading Huns, a mission he would not survive, she decides to disguise herself as a man and go to battle in his place.
But what Mulan doesn’t realise is that her ancestors are aware of her plan and, in order to stop it, order a tiny dragon, Mushu, to dissuade her.
Mushu agrees, but when he meets Mulan it soon becomes clear that she will not abandon her plan, so in the end the little dragon decides to support her on her dangerous journey.
Details of the remake have been kept largely under wraps, but director Niki Caro has said the new film will be “a big, girly martial arts epic. It will be extremely muscular and thrilling and entertaining and moving.”
The synopsis has been released, it reads: “Mulan is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. When the Emperor issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army, she steps in to take the place of her ailing father as Hua Jun, becoming one of China’s greatest warriors ever.”
Are there any songs in Mulan 2020?
Well, this has caused quite a bit of confusion…
In an interview with Moviefone in March 2017, Caro said there would not be any songs. “From what I understand, no songs right now, much to the horror of my children,” she said.
However, later that month, Caro seemed to have changed her mind as she told The LA Times: “I don’t know where that’s come from. We’ve never talked about songs, and no decision has been made.”
Then in April 2017, Caro told The Hollywood Reporter: “We’re still exploring the role that music’s going to play in it, but for sure there will be music.”
Fans were understandably upset at the idea of not having hits like I’ll Make a Man Out of You, Reflection, A Girl Worth Fighting For, and many more.
Who will direct Mulan?
Niki Caro will helm the remake with Crouching Tiger producer Bill Kong as executive producer, according to Hollywood Reporter.
Disney had considered Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins and Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones) as well as Asian director Ang Lee.