Watch the First Teaser Trailer for Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan'
Disney has given us our first look at the live-action Mulan and the period-war-drama vibes are heavy. Check out the new footage below!
The film looks to be decidedly less focused on music and is more centered around the gender nonconforming military drama at the heart of its story. It’s a marked change from the nostalgia-baked marketing campaigns we’ve seen from Aladdin and Lion King as well, given the notable absences of fan-favorite characters like Eddie Murphy’s Mushu and Mulan’s lucky cricket Cri-Kee.
Should the feature find success, it could set the stage for future remakes seeing more creative freedom in the adaptation process. That means we can see more projects that aren’t near-carbon copies of their source materials. It’d also further the progress made by Crazy Rich Asians and once again show Hollywood that not every story about Asian culture needs a central white person to anchor it (side eyes Ghost in the Shell*). That alone is worth the price of admission.
Per the official synopsis:
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 Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”
Mulan opens in theaters on March 27, 2020.