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D23 Expo 2019: ‘Mulan’ Promises To Be A Large-Scale Live-Action Epic With A Touch Of Disney Magic
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Mulan

Mulan is considered to be one of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ crown jewels and given Disney’s success with their live-action adaptations of their animated classics, it only makes sense that they look towards turning 1998’s Mulan into a live-action film. However, instead of following in the footsteps of other films that merely retell the original story, like Cinderella and Beauty and The Beast, Mulan will be depicted as a large-scale epic that sees the titular character (played by Liu Yifei) do anything to protect the family that she loves, even if it means disguising herself as a man so that her ailing father does not have to go to war.

Check out our coverage of the film from this weekend’s D23 Expo here below.

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‘Mulan’ Trailer: Disney’s Latest Live-Action Effort Promises To Be An Epic Tale
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Mulan live-action Yifei Liu

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.

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Geek Peek: Liu Yifei As Mulan In Disney’s Live-Action Reimagining
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Mulan

Production for Disney’s live-action Mulan, an adaptation of their 1998 animated film of the same name, has begun. To coincide with this, the studio has released the first official image of Liu Yifei (The Forbidden Kingdom, Once Upon a Time) as Hua Mulan. In the film, the fearless and spirited Hua Mulan poses as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. Check out the official image here below.

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‘Mulan’: Jet Li and Gong Li Join Disney’s Live-Action Adaptation
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Jet Li and Gong Li to star in Mulan

Following the news that Donnie Yen has joined the cast of Disney’s live-action take on Mulan, comes word that Jet Li and Gong Li are also joining the cast.

However, their roles show that director Niki Caro is deviating from the animated original. More on who they will play, below.

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‘Rogue One’s Donnie Yen Joins Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’
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Donnie Yen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

I continue to be impressed with what Disney is able to offer with the live-action adaptations of their animated classics. New castings and hiring directors have always impressed me. And now the latest news is nothing short of that.

Donnie Yen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, IP Man) will now be in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Mulan. Directed by Niki Caro, the film stars Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, as the title character. Find out who Yen will be playing in the full story below.

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Finds Actress To Play Title Role
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Crystal Liu Cast As Mulan

Disney has reinvigorated their live-action division by taking some of their classic animated titles and turning them into live-action films. It’s a model that has proven to be very lucrative for the franchise as they release one hit after another, with their most recent hit, Beauty and the Beast grossing $1.2 billion worldwide. The studio is well into the development of live-action adaptations like Aladdin, Dumbo, and Mulan, which has now found its lead star.

According to new reports, Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, will play Mulan in the live-action adaptation set to be directed by Niki Caro. More on the story below.

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‘Mulan’ Director Confirms Live-Action Film Will Not Be A Musical And Why That Is Okay
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Mulan

Beauty and The Beast singlehandedly won the box office over last weekend with a record-setting $170 million. It’s not like this is the first time that the studio has found success in adapting their animated classics, nor will it be the last. They are already developing live-action adaptations of Dumbo, Aladdin, Sword in the Stone, and even Winnie The Pooh. But the one adaptation that seems to be getting a lot more attention, the wrong kind, is Mulan.

More on the story below.

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‘MacFarland, USA’s Niki Caro To Direct Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’
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Mulan

Disney’s search for a director to helm their live-action adaptation of Mulan is over.

Following an exhaustive search, the studio has chosen MacFarland, USA‘s Niki Caro to direct the film. She will be joining Bill Kong (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), who will serve as an executive producer. More on the story below.

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‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ Trailer: Jessica Chastain Creates A Secret Sanctuary In Nazi-Occupied Poland
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The Zookeeper's Wife

Looking at the first trailer for The Zookeeper’s Wife, one might assume that film was getting ready for the awards’ season. In truth, it’s going to be released months after the awards season has ended. But that shouldn’t take away from the message of the film, especially now.

That’s because the film is based on the true story of Antonina Zabinska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) who with her family cares for Zoo animals in 1939 Poland. When the country is invaded by Nazis, she takes it upon herself to hide Jews and smuggle them out of the country, which in turn puts her and her entire family at risk. Check out the full trailer below.

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‘Captain Marvel’ Director Shortlist Reveals Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter, and More
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Captain Marvel

At San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige revealed that Brie Larson was confirmed to play the title role of Captain Marvel. At the time, the film, written by Meg LaFavue and Nicole Perlman, didn’t have a director, but there was a sense that the origins film would be a “reinvention” in order to avoid any comparisons to Green Lantern. Now it looks like Marvel is closing in on a director.

According to new reports, they have set their sights on Niki Caro (Whale Rider, MacFarland, USA), Lesli Linka Glatter (TV’s Mad Men), and Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World). Check more on the story below.

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