The first look at the live-action “Mulan” doesn’t include any singing, talking dragons, or cultural inaccuracies.
Disney released the trailer for its remake of the 1998 movie. The live-action film stars Chinese American actress Liu Yifei and is directed by Niki Caro.
The trailer depicts iconic scenes from the animated movie, minus musical numbers, Li Shang, and Mushu the talking dragon. Some fans were upset about the exclusion of the characters, but other applauded the new tone and direction.
“Hua Mulan’s story dates to as early as 386 AD from a folk song & later a transcription in the 6th century. Disney’s live action film is attempting to honor the OG version for Western & Estern (china) audiences. There is no Mushu or Li Shang in the original so please, shut up!” @IAMCINDYCHU tweeted.
“For once Disney decides to stock with the original story, a more realistic remake with an amazing all-Asain cast and all you care is about mushu. Go back to watch the animated version or go off I guess #mulan,” @ULTPOSIE tweeted.
Caro is the second woman director to lead a Disney film with a budget of more than $100 million.
“[…] The location and the story is offering such scope to me for [an] incredible, muscular piece of girly martial arts extravaganza in China,” she told Screen Crush.
“Mulan” is expected to premiere on March 27, 2020.