Mulan is an upcoming 2020 American war period drama film directed by Niki Caro, with the screenplay by Elizabeth Martin, Lauren Hynek, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The film stars Yifei Liu as the eponymous character, alongside Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, and Jet Li in supporting roles.
The film is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan and is a live action adaptation of Disney’s 1998 animated film of the same name.The first trailer for Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Mulan is here and ready to get prospective audiences hyped. In 2020, Mulan will breathe new life into the centuries-old story of Hua Mulan, the legendary female Chinese warrior who posed as a man to join the Imperial Army and defend her country.
With an all-Asian cast led by Chinese actress Liu Yifei, Disney’s newest version of Mulan will tell her story to a new generation and offer up something fresh for fans of the 1998 animated film, which starred Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Fierstein, and Pat Morita.Mulan is scheduled to be theatrically released on March 27, 2020 in the United States.
Plans for a live-action Mulan remake began in 2010, however the project never came to fruition. In March 2015 a new attempt was announced and Caro was hired to direct in February 2017. Liu was cast in the title role in November 2017 following a casting call of 1000 actresses and the rest of the cast joined over the following year. Filming began in August 2018 and lasted through November, taking place in New Zealand and China.
Mulan is just one of the many recent live-action remakes Disney has released recently or is gearing up to release in the coming few years. By the end of 2019 alone, Disney will have released Dumbo, The Lion King, Aladdin, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, The Lady and the Tramp. The House of Mouse has plans in the next few years to release, in addition to Mulan, remakes or reimaginings of Cruella, The Little Mermaid, Lilo & Stitch, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and many more. In short, there’s no sign of the “live-action” remake train stopping anytime soon.