Disney posted a picture of actress Liu Yifei playing the title character in the live-action Mulan film today.
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Production is finally starting
Production is underway and will take place in both China and New Zealand. The new adaptation will be starring Liu Yifei as Mulan , Jet Li as the emperor of China, Gong Li as a powerful witch, Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, Yoson An as Chen Honghui, as well as, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Ron Yuan, Cheng Pei-Pei, Nelson Lee, and Chum Ehelepola.
According to Variety there are some seasoned producers of more involved action films working on this adaptation including: “Chris Bender, Jason Reed, and Jake Weiner, with executive producers: Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King“), Bill Kong (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) and Tim Coddington (“Crazy Rich Asians”.)
Disney also released this new plot Synopsis of the upcoming film:
Mulan is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. When the Emperor issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army, she steps in to take the place of her ailing father as Hua Jun, becoming one of China’s greatest warriors ever.
It’s definitely going more serious and action focused as opposed to being the original animated feature. There were rumors that this will not be using the musical numbers from the animated musical version. It seems like this is still the case.
I’m really excited to see this film, it sounds like it will be closer to the folk-tale/legend and I’m loving the casting too!
Disney’s live-action Mulan is scheduled to land on March 27, 2020.
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