First Look At Disney's Live-Action Mulan

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Disney announced that it has started production on the live-action adaptation of its 1998 animated classic Mulan. To mark the occasion, it released the first promotional photo of its star, Liu Yifei (Once Upon a Time, The Forbidden Kingdom) in the title role, brandishing a sword.

Yifei is joined by a who's who of Asian and Asian-American actors, including Donnie Yen (Star Wars: Rogue One), Jet Li (Shaolin Temple), Gong Li (Memoirs of a Geisha), Jason Scott Lee (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny), Yoson An (The Meg), and many more. It will open in US theaters on March 27, 2020.

Mulan tells the tale of a young woman who poses as a man to protect her father from conscription into the Chinese army, which is battling a dangerous army of northern invaders. We've seen some indication that this live-action version will differ from the animated movie. Gong Li is playing a new character, a powerful witch who appears to be this film's primary antagonist. Jet Li is playing the Emperor of China, which could mean we'll see him play a more action-oriented role than the wizened elder of the animated original.

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Mulan joins several Disney properties that recently have been adapted or will be soon. Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast have already been released. Meanwhile the studio has plans for a live-action Lion King, Aladdin, Cruella based on 101 Dalmations, and Tink based on the Peter Pan character.

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Don't be so quick to assume Jet Li = Action Emperor. Have you see him lately?

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@MadCat221: he has been suffering from hyperthyroidism and spinal problems. Apparently his doctors have told him that he might end up in a wheel chair, should he continue to make action movies. But he has come forward assuring fans that he is feeling well

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Shame that there won't be musical numbers.

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@gamingdevil800: no that’s ok, they don’t have to sing. It’s fine. Please for the love of god no singing.

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@kstaggs87: Maybe if some of the native Chinese speakers sing in Chinese instead of English, it would work better. Some of them haven’t nailed down fluent western accents yet.

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@kstaggs87: What but it has one of the greatest disney musical numbers... "Let's get down to business to defeat the huns!" I mean there is a good reason why Frozen was so popular.

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Used to be direct-to-video sequels, now it's live-action remakes. I think it's a bit sad, given the success of said live-action remakes, that audiences seem to prefer rehashes to original content. Heck, The Force Awakens was essentially a glorified retelling of A New Hope, and Avatar derived from films like Ferngully and Dances with Wolves, but are the highest grossing movies of all time.

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