Here’s Your Epic First Look at the *Mulan* Live-Action Remake
The first pic from Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Mulan is here. Released on Monday (August 13), it features Liu Yifei in character as Mulan, dressed in a red coat and brandishing a sword.
According to a press release, per ComicBook.com, production began this week, with the cast and crew filming in New Zealand and China. There’s also a release date, so mark your calendars: The live-action Mulan will land in theaters on March 27, 2020.
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Directed by Niki Caro, Mulan will also star Donnie Yen, Jascon Scott Lee, Yoson An, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ron Yuan, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Chen Pei-Pei, Nelson Lee, Chum Ehelepola, Gong Li, and Jet Li, according to the press release. As Teen Vogue previously reported, the new Mulan will depart somewhat from its source material. In addition to replacing Li Shang with a new love interest, Chen Honghui, played by Yoson An, the film will also feature a witch as a villain and a pair of con-artists.
Disney’s Mulan was first released in June 1998 and went on to gross over $300 million worldwide. The animated film has an impressive 86 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
“The budget and the location and the story is offering such scope to me for [an] incredible, muscular piece of girly martial arts extravaganza in China. And I can’t wait,” Caro told Screen Crush in March 2017 when asked about the Mulan remake.
Later that month, she clarified reports the Mulan remake wouldn’t include music. “The live-action is based on that inspirational Chinese ballad and on the animated Disney classic. We’re still exploring the role that music’s going to play in it, but for sure there will be music,” she said at the time.
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