Disney Just Revealed The First Photos From The Live Action Version Of 'Mulan' And We Are PSYCHED
She'll bring honour to us all.
Disney geeks, we've got a treat just for you. Disney just revealed the first official promo photo from Mulan the real movie, and we're beyond excited.
— Disney (@Disney) August 13, 2018
Here's what we know about Mulan the real movie — so far.
1. It's directed by a woman
New Zealand writer and director Niki Caro is helming the production of Mulan. She's known for Whale Rider (2002), The Zookeeper's Wife (2017), and North Country (2005).
2. Starring as Mulan is Liu Yifei (who also goes by Crystal Liu)
Liu was selected after a year-long search that involved 1,000 candidates from five continents. The actress playing Mulan had to be able to speak English, have decent martial arts skills, and star quality — all qualities that Liu has.
If she looks familiar, you've probably seen her in Chinese productions like The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) and Once Upon a Time (2017).
3. Sorry, the live action version probably won't be a musical
Last year, the internet went a little crazy when Caro said in an interview with Moviefone that there won't be any songs in the production. However, she did later tell The Hollywood Reporter that music will still play a huge role in the movie.
This probably means that the cast won't be singing "I'll Make a Man Out of You" in a training sequence, which sort of breaks our hearts. But if it's any consolation, Caro is taking great care to be respectful and authentic in her approach to telling this Chinese epic — something that we can't say about the 1998 animated version.
"As the projects get bigger, the more certain I am that cultural authenticity and specificity is the only way to approach my work," Caro told The Hollywood Reporter.
4. And Captain Shang isn't making an appearance either
No, Li Shang isn't going to get down to business to defeat the Huns.
We know. That makes us sad, too.
5. But don't worry, we'll still have eye candy
Replacing Shang as Mulan's love interest is a new character named Chen Honghui. Huffington Post reported that Chen is an army recruit determined to become the "best soldier in human history". Mulan becomes Chen's biggest rival, which irritates him until he learns that he's a woman.
Playing Chen is New Zealand actor Yoson An, pictured above with Jason Scott Lea and Doug Moua (more on that below).
6. And Ling and Po will be in the movie
Not many details about the plot has been revealed, but we know that Jimmy Wong and Doug Moua have been cast to play Ling and Po.
Also in the film are Jet Li (the Emperor of China), Donnie Yen (Commander Tung, Mulan's mentor), Gong Li (a powerful witch and the main antagonist), Jason Lee Scott (Bori Khan, a warrior leader who sides with the witch), Xana Tang (Mulan's sister), and Utkarsh Ambudkar and Chum Ehelepola (Skath and Ramtish, a con artist duo).
7. It's coming out in 2020!
The live-action movie was set to open November 2018, but the studio pushed it back to 2020. Now that production has officially started, we can mark our calendars for the premiere of Mulan the real movie on March 27, 2020.