What we should expect from Disney’s live-action Mulan


Let’s be honest for a second – are we really wanting or needing all of these upcoming live-action Disney adaptations? Sure, we’ve had some wonderfully creative remakes of our beloved classics (2017’s ‘Beauty & The Beast’ was our particular favorite), but we’ve also had some rather disappointing and unfulfilling missteps… not to mention any names.

But fear not! We’re getting them whether we like it or not. In fact, there are over 10 different films in the pipeline that Disney are working on. Yes that’s right… ten! We could be all moany and critical, but with so many underway, we’re confident that there’s going to be a sprinkle of classic Disney magic amongst them somewhere….

If there’s one future film we’re most intrigued and hopeful for… it’s ‘Mulan’. Here’s all you need to know.

What we should expect from Disney’s live-action Mulan

When is it coming?

Besides a sequel to ‘Maleficent’, and the TV movie adaptation of ‘Lady & the Tramp’, ‘Mulan’ will be the next theatrical live-action to hit the big screens. Get the seats booked – it’s coming sooner than you think. It’s scheduled to be released on March 27, 2020.

What will it be about?

The original premise is based on the ancient Chinese legend of Hua Mulan – the story of a young female warrior who took the place of her dying father as a leader in the Imperial Chinese Army before their looming battle. Disguised as a man, and faced against an ever-growing and strengthening enemy army, Mulan must find the power and spirit within herself to embrace her full potential and defeat the improbable odds.

Who’s in it?

The leading lady will be played by Liu Yifei, who has previously starred in hit films like 2010’s ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’, and 2015’s ‘Outcast’. The supporting cast includes a whole host of other big names including Donnie Yen (2016’s ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’), Jason-Scott-Lee (1994’s ‘The Jungle Book’), and Gong Li (2006’s ‘Miami Vice’).

Will it be any good?

By the looks of the first official teaser, we’re certainly in for a treat! One major difference is the fact that it will not be a musical like the 1998 original animation. Director Niki Caro has revealed that instead of theatrical numbers, the musical soundtrack will play an intrinsic part in the action on screen. Boy, is there going to be a lot of action!

The first glimpse makes it look as though we’re going to get a beautifully shot and powerfully moving retelling – hitting us with both emotion and adrenaline. Bring it on!

What we should expect from Disney’s live-action Mulan

Is there anything else we should know?

The film has been directed by Niki Caro (previous credits include 2002’s ‘Whale Rider’ and 2017’s ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’), so expect to see some ultimate girl-power vibes.

Like most things nowadays, there’s been a bit of controversy surrounding its upcoming release after lead actress Liu Yifie shared a controversial post online. She shared a poster that featured a quote made by the state-run newspaper Global Times that supports the anti-protesting movements against Hong Kong’s democratic liberalization. People have been quick to create a petition urging fans to boycott the film.

If you’re a Disney fan, then get excited! There are plenty of different live adaptations coming to a theatre near you soon (‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Cruella’, ‘Pinocchio’, and lots more!) But before then, prepare yourself for the 2020 release of ‘Mulan’. Fingers crossed it lives up to the original. Come on Disney, don’t disappoint us!