Mulan fans can finally rejoice! For many months now, there have been talks about a Mulan live-action remake and discussions on what that will entail. Until now, there was no cast list announced and we didn’t know who would be taking on this iconic role. Considering the frequent whitewashing in Hollywood, fans were concerned about which actors would portray these empowering Chinese characters.
Well, we’ve finally gotten great news! Chinese actress Liu Yifei, known for her roles in Outcast (the one with Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen), The Four, Once Upon a Time (not the TV show) and more, will take on the starring Disney role. No word yet on who will play General Li Shang or who will voice Mushu — but Lui’s casting has made us that much more interested.
Mulan is just yet another live-action remake that Disney has on its list. After the success of films like Maleficent and Cinderella, Disney revved up their live-action production. 2016’s The Jungle Book received critical praise and 2017’s Beauty and the Beast became the 10th highest-grossing movie of all time. There is a Lion King live-action film in the works, starring Beyoncé, set to release in 2019 — same as Mulan! Tim Burton is working on a live-action Dumbo and Guy Ritchie is directing the live-action Aladdin film, which only recently cast its stars as well. But many fans have been anxiously waiting to hear more about the Mulan live-action film, as the 1998 film was an inspirational tale to young girls around the world when it first came out.
No other casting details are currently available since the film is only in pre-production at the moment. The live-action Disney flick will be inspired by both the legendary ballad of Mulan and the 1998 Disney animated classic. The film is being directed by Niki Caro and produced by Jason Reed, Chris Bender, and Jake Weiner.
Disney outraged fans back in March 2017 when it was announced that the live-action Mulan was most likely not going to be a musical. Anyone who has sung “Reflection” while staring out of a car window during a rainstorm (aka all of us) was devastated by the news. Hopefully, all the fan backlash from when that was first announced has changed producers minds? Our fingers are certainly crossed. The official release date has not been confirmed, though it is expected to release in 2019.