Another day, another trailer from Disney’s many live-action remakes! Following the news of Halle Bailey being chosen as the new Ariel for the Little Mermaid live action movie and the “Lion King” set to premiere next week, Disney made headlines yet again by launching a teaser for the hotly anticipated Mulan remake!
We already know that Hua Mulan is not your ordinary Disney princess but from the looks of it, we are getting a straight-up martial arts epic:
Far from a damsel in distress, the battle-ready Mulan sets out to bring honor to her family by standing in for her sick father when China calls for every male member of the family to fight against hordes of northern invaders.
Interestingly, much of the trailer featured Mulan being dolled up in a matchmaking scene, a defining moment for the heroine in the 1998 animated classic.
“The matchmaker has found you an auspicious match,” her mother says.
“Yes, I will bring honor to us all,” she replies as faint notes of the song, “Honor to Us All,” plays in the background.
“It is my duty to fight, says Mulan as the trailer closes with a high-flying sword fight.
It seems we won’t see any musical numbers from the remake. Missing from the trailer are some of the movie’s most iconic characters: Eddie Murphy’s talking dragon Mushu and Cri-Kee, Mulan’s lucky cricket. Also noticeably absent is Mulan’s love interest in the original movie, Captain Li Shang.
The Mulan live-action remake stars veteran actress Liu Yifei in the titular role. Legendary martial arts actor Donnie Yen will star as Mulan’s mentor, Commander Tung, along with Jason Scott Lee as Hun leader Böri Khan and Jet Li as the emperor of China. Rumor has it that actor Yoson An, who plays Cheng Honghui in the movie, could play a possible love interest for Mulan.
Of course, it’s not a Disney movie without a little magic. Gong Li will play the witch, Xianniang, though not much is known about the villain.
Mulan, the live-action remake will be directed by Whale Rider director, Niki Carois based on the screenplay written by Elizabeth Martin, Lauren Hynek, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver. The movie is set to hit the theaters in spring 2020.