Disney's Live-Action Mulan Release Date Revealed
Disney is about to perform a global casting search for a Chinese actress to play Mulan.
Disney is on a streak of remaking many of its classic animated films in live-action, and one of the movies in line is Mulan. The company announced that the new Mulan opens in theaters on November 2, 2018 (via EW).
Another tidbit announced today is that the titular character will be played by a Chinese actress, as Disney plans to kick off a global casting search soon. This comes after there was some controversy surrounding the upcoming Ghost in the Shell, which features Scarlett Johansson in the starring role of The Major.
The animated film Mulan originally released in 1998. It was directed by Disney veterans Tony Bancraft and Barry Cook and featured the voices of Ming-Na Wen (Agents of SHIELD), George Takei (Star Trek), Pat Morita (The Karate Kid), BD Wong (Jurassic World), Harvey Fierstein (Independence Day), and Eddie Murphy (Norbit). No cast or director is attached to the live-action remake.
2018's Mulan follows many other Disney properties getting turned into live-action movies. Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book have already released, with Beauty and the Beast set for a March 17 theater date. Other films in the works include Cruella, which stars Emma Stone and is based on 101 Dalmations; Tink, with Reese Witherspoon as Tinkerbell from Peter Pan; and the recently announced Lion King remake, which has Iron Man and The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau attached.