Walt Disney Studios has started production on a live-action adaption of the 1998 animated classic, MULAN! With the success of live action adaptions like CINDERELLA, MALIFICENT, and our favorite BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, I’m beyond excited to see Mulan added to the list and grace the big screen once again. The film will shoot on locations in New Zealand and China and will open in U.S. theaters on March 27, 2020. I know, I’m not excited about waiting 2 years too… but I have a feeling it will be worth it!
Liu Yifei (“The Forbidden Kingdom,” “Once Upon a Time”) will star as Hua Mulan (pictured above) following a year-long global casting search. Doesn’t she look fierce!!
The film will also feature :Donnie Yen (“Star Wars: Rogue One”); Jason Scott Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny”); Yoson An (“The Meg”); Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Pitch Perfect”); Ron Yuan (“Marco Polo”); Tzi Ma (“Arrival”); Rosalind Chao (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”); Cheng Pei-Pei (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”); Nelson Lee; Chum Ehelepola; with Gong Li (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Raise the Red Lantern”) and Jet Li (“Shaolin Temple,” “Lethal Weapon 4”).
For those unfamiliar with the animated film, MULAN tells the story of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. Throughout her epic adventure, you see that she is not only determined and spirited, but quite clever and intelligent! 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.
Did you know that the story of the legendary warrior is one of China’s most popular folktales, and is still a part of the curriculum in Chinese schools today?
MULAN is directed by Niki Caro (“Whale Rider,” “McFarland USA”) from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Jurassic World,” “In the Heart of the Sea”) and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.” The producers are Jason T. Reed (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), Chris Bender (“A History of Violence”) and Jake Weiner (“Criminal”) with Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King“), Bill Kong (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Monster Hunt”) and Tim Coddington (“Crazy Rich Asians”) serving as executive producers.
Who else is excited for a live-action MULAN?
I received the above information as a blogger via Walt Disney Publications. All opinions are 100% my own.