Trailer for Mulan live-action adaptation released
Disney unveil a teaser trailer and official synopsis that confirms spring 2020 release.
Yesterday, Disney released an official teaser trailer to showcase the upcoming live-action remake of their 1998 animated feature Mulan, based on the 6th century Chinese epic Ballad of Mulan (Mùlán Cí).
Chinese American actor Liu Yifei (The Forbidden Kingdom) has been cast as the titular character Mulan, who joins the Imperial Army disguised as a male recruit named Hua Jun.
The official synopsis, which was included with the trailer posted on Disney’s official YouTube channel, is shown below.
The trailer features familiar scenes, characters, and symbols from the original motion picture, but director Niki Caro (Whale Rider) has swapped some of its pivotal characters.
Mulan’s commander and love interest General Li Shang was replaced by Chen Honghui, who will be played by Chinese-born New Zealand actor Yoson An (The Meg).
Gong Li (Memoirs of a Geisha, Curse of the Golden Flower) is also set to replace the previous film’s villain Shan Yu, who led the Hun army. Gong will play Xian Liang, a witch hellbent on ruling China.
Other notable cast members include Jet Li (Lethal Weapon 4), Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Rogue One), Jason Scott Lee (Enter the Dragon), Rosalind Chao (The Joy Luck Club), and Cheng Pei-pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).
Although the film will bear some resemblance to the 1998 version, Caro confirmed that her version will not have any musical numbers.
“It’s a big, girly martial arts epic. It will be extremely muscular and thrilling and entertaining and moving.”, Caro said in a 2017 interview to Moviefone.
The film’s official release date has been set for 27th March 2020.