The release of Disney's remake of Mulan was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Disney, however, was very quick in announcing its new release schedule and we've got all the details here.
The classic 1998 Disney tale of Mulan has been rebooted into a live-action retelling. Most of you fine folks are already aware of this and the film was supposed to have been in theaters already. However, due to the current state of the world because of the virus, that shall not be named, we'll have to wait a bit longer. Thankfully, the film is completed and no officially announced filming is to be done. Let's explore all there is to know about the upcoming Disney movie.
Mulan is set to be released on July 24, 2020. It was first set to be released on March 27, 2020, but had to be pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Filming for the Mulan reboot began on August 13, 2018, and ended on November 25, 2018, with shooting taking place in parts of New Zealand and China.
The plot follows the basic storyline of the 1998 film. The official plot according to Walt Disney Studios is as follows:
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.
The beautiful and extremely talented Liu Yifei takes on the role of the main protagonist, Mulan. Yifei is previously known for her roles in The Forbidden Kingdom, and Outcast She is joined by Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, Jet Li, Tzi Ma, Rosalina Chao, and so on.
Yes, there will indeed be some songs. There was quite a lot of uncertainty regarding this at the beginning with the director Niki Caro leaving the press in a limbo. We probably won't be seeing the characters breaking into song during a war but Caro did mention that the new movie will "honor the music from the animation".
During a presentation of footage from the movie Caro said:
“I mean, back to the realism question – we don’t tend to break into song when we go to war. Not that I’m saying anything against the animation. The songs are brilliant, and if I could squeeze them in there, I would have.
“But we do honor the music from the animation in a very significant way. I guess that’s the biggest thing for me about making – remaking – an iconic title like Mulan in live-action. It’s the fact that it can be real, and it’s the real story of a girl going to war.”
It was confirmed in March 2020 that award-winning singer/songwriter Christina Aguilera will return to reprise Reflection which was a song she performed for the 1998 animation when she was only 16. Not only that, but she also recorded Loyal Brave True for the live-action remake.
So we will be getting a taste of the music from the original film but don't expect the characters to break into song.
No, Mushi is not in the Mulan remake, sadly.
“I think we can all appreciate that Mushu is irreplaceable,” Caro said at a Mulan footage presentation. “You know, the animated classic stands on its own in that regard. In this movie, there is a creature representative – a spiritual representation of the ancestors, and most particularly of Mulan’s relationship with her father. But an update of Mushu? No.”
No, Li Shang will not be in the Mulan remake. Instead, Mulan's love interest will be replaced by Chen Honghui.
At the moment there are two main trailers which you can see below: