Take a look at the big new trailer that’s arrived for Mulan, the next Disney live-action remake to hit cinemas.
New Zealand filmmaker Niki Caro (Whale Rider, The Zookeeper’s Wife) directs this new take on the tale of China’s legendary female warrior from the Northern and Southern dynasties period. The plot follows Mulan, played by Yifei Liu (The Forbidden Kingdom, The Assassins), a young Chinese maiden who disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father and head to war in his place.
This looks to be a more grounded approach to the material that Disney tackled in their 1998 animated film. The lack of songs and the absence of Eddie Murphy as Mush the dragon could be a detraction for fans of the Disney classic, but with the likes of The Lion King and Aladdin remakes suffering (in this writer’s opinion) from a copy-and-paste translation and little new to warrant a redo, having this be its own thing could be a big plus. It looks like an epic production with some gorgeous cinematography by Australian D.O.P. Mandy Walker (Australia, Hidden Figures), plus there’s a solid cast that includes Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Gong Li and Jet Li.
Mulan will be arriving in Australia on March 26 and opens in the US on March 27, 2020.
Official synopsis for Mulan:
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.”