Disney has released the final trailer for Mulan, the studio’s next live-action remake to hit the big screen.
No Eddie Murphy as a wise-cracking small dragon in this one; a more grounded retelling of the story of a young Chinese maiden who disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father.
Recent rehashes like Aladdin and The Lion King have received mixed reviews, despite earning the House of Mouse exuberant amounts at the office. Perhaps it’s the fact that they’ve been oh-so similar to their animated predecessors, with small changes of varying quality here and there, that drive further comparison-based criticism. Why do it again, if you’re just going to copy it so closely? Or maybe that’s just me. Which is to say: Fingers firmly crossed for Mulan, which, thankfully, the trailers have made look like a more serious family-friendly war drama.
Mulan, starring Yifei Liu in the lead role and boasting an all-star Asian cast that includes Donnie Yen, Gong Li, Jason Scott Lee and Jet Li, will be arriving in Australia on March 26 and opening in the U.S. on March 27, 2020.
Official synopsis for Mulan:
About the film: Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China’s legendary warrior to life in Disney’s Mulan, in which a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.
Mulan features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin, suggested by the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.” The producers are Chris Bender, Jake Weiner and Jason Reed, with Bill Kong, Barrie M. Osborne, Tim Coddington and Mario Iscovich serving as executive producers.