Disney has added 1998′s animated classic, Mulan, to their ever-growing list of live-action adaptations. Mulan will join the likes of The Lion King, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. The new trailer was released by Disney on 7 July and has left many fans of the animated version with questions.
The first trailer has revealed that there won’t be any musical numbers from the original such as “Reflection” or “I’ll Make a Man Out of You”. Director Niki Caro, who previously directed 2002′s Whale Rider, noted that the team is “still exploring the role that music’s going to play in it, but for sure there will be music.” And although the trailer didn’t feature any dinging, it has been reported that the film will feature instrumental versions of the original’s soundtrack.
The trailer also seemed to be missing everyone’s favourite dragon Mushu who was voiced by Eddie Murphy in the animated version.
The film features an all-Asian cast including Liu Yifei (The Forbidden Kingdom 2008) as the titular lead character and will have the likes of action film veterans such as Donnie Yen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016) and Jet Li (The Forbidden Kingdom 2008). Although Liu Yifei may be lesser known in western countries, she has been a longtime popular actress in China and has a long list of action roles on her resume.
2020′s version of Mulan will be taking the story back to its original Chinese legend roots and tells the tale of a young woman who takes her father’s place and joins the Chinese Imperial Army by pretending to be a man. Mulan defies her traditional upbringing to protect her family and country. The film promises to give us an empowering action-packed story that will be sure to win over any sceptic.
Mulan is set to be released in March 2020.