Watch Mulan Live-Action Remake's Epic And Thrilling First Trailer
"It is my duty... to fight."
The first trailer for the new Mulan movie is here ahead of its release next year. It's the latest in a long line of live-action Disney adaptations of classic animated movies, and it stars Liu Yifei as the Chinese teenager who disguises herself as a man to fight in the Imperial army against invaders. You can watch it above.
The trailer is visually stunning and suggests that, unlike recent Disney live-action movies such as Dumbo and Aladdin, Mulan will take a slightly different approach from the original. It's not a direct adaptation of the 1998 animated movie, and also takes influence from the original 6th Century poem "The Ballad of Mulan." The trailer starts with quiet, domestic scenes of Mulan and her family before delivering some spectacular-looking martial arts action as Mulan takes up her place to fight in the Emperor's army.
Mulan's cast also includes a number of high profile Asian stars, such as Donnie Yen, Jet Li, and Gong Li. The movie is directed by New Zealand filmmaker Niki Caro, who previously helmed The Zookeeper's Wife. Caro previously stated that this version of Mulan won't include any songs--and presumably Eddie Murphy's talking dragon Mushu will be absent too. It releases on March 27, 2020.
The next live-action Disney adaptation will be The Lion King, which hits theaters later this month. It's directed by Jon Favreau, who previously helmed the recent hit remake of The Jungle Book--check out the latest Lion King trailer. Other Disney remakes in the works include Cruella, The Little Mermaid, and Pinnochio.
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