Disney’s Mulan remains one of their best animated features during their renaissance. Based on a Chinese folktale, the animated film followed a young female who disguised herself as a male soldier in order to join the army so that her ailing father would not have to go.
Now with Disney turning their animated classics into live-action films, it was only a matter of time before they looked to Mulan.
Directed by Niki Caro, the live-action version stars Yifei Liu as the title star who will defend the honor of her family and become one of the most noble soldiers in the Chinese army. Check out the trailer here below.
If there was any animated film that deserved a live-action treatment, it’s Mulan. Let’s be honest, not all of them are runaway hits. While Dumbo could not reach key milestones, Aladdin was an unexpected hit by being a huge box office success.
However, most of these reimaginings are just nostalgic fodder, with only a few things added to make it more contemporary and fresh. So it will be interesting to see how Disney will do that with Mulan. The trailer hits the title character’s key notes with her being the obedient daughter who will bring honor to her family by honoring traditions and showing how courage and fearlessness she can be as she steps into the battlefield.
But one of the major differences the live-action Mulan will have from its animated counterpart is the lack of songs. But that shouldn’t be of great concern considering the animated one only had two memorable songs.
Also Disney wisely chose not move forward with an early draft where a European male defending China falls in love with Mulan.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
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.”
Opening in theaters on March 27, 2020, Mulan also stars 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.