Liu Yifei as Mulan with a sword over her face

Mulan (2020 Film)

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Mulan (2020 Film) refers to the upcoming live-action Disney film Mulan. The story is inspired by the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan and though Disney released an animated musical version of the story in 1998, the live-action film will have significant differences to the animated film, including different characters and possibly no musical numbers.


Disney had expressed interest in developing a live-action adaptation of the story in 2010, with Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi to produce and star in the film, though it was ultimately cancelled.[1] On March 30th, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter[2] posted that Disney had restarted development of a live-action film. In October of 2016, the company announced that they were seeking a Chinese actress to play the lead role after thousands signed a petition demanding Disney not whitewash the role and give it to a white actress. They ultimately cast Chinese actress Liu Yifei in the title role.[3] Niki Caro was named director[4] on February 14th, 2017. On July 7th, 2019, Disney released the first trailer for the film, having it play during the final of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup final (shown below). The film is set for release on March 27th, 2020.[5]

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After the trailer's release, viewers expressed a mix of emotions. While some fans were excited about the film, others were disappointed by the lack of some characters present in the 1998 animated film, such as Mushu the dragon and Li Shang.[6] Additionally, it is rumored that the film will not be a musical, and the 1998 film's musical numbers will appear only as instrumental tracks.[7] Twitter user @IdeasUnoriginal[8] posted a GIF of Mushu from the 1998 film, expressing their disappoint that the 2020 film would not feature him, gaining over 70 retweets and 200 likes (shown below, left). User @matcha_sriacha[9] tweeted a Me Explaining to My Mom meme about how the 1998 film was offensive and the adaptation had a chance to do the original story justice, gaining over 93,000 retweets and 350,000 likes (shown below, right).

Unoriginal Ideas @ldeasUnoriginal Follow Having moment please excuse me: So let me get this straight... No mushu in the remake of Mulan and none of the classic songs?... Dishonor on you! Dishonor on your cowl GIF 11:23 PM 7 Jul 2019 Fairy Dog Mother @matcha_sriracha Follow Actual Chinese people explaining that Disney's original Mulan adaption was extremely offensive and the new remake is a great chance to fix those issues and put out a respectful adaption White People: auo 3:23 PM - 7 Jul 2019 MB

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