Mulan producer says Li Shang was removed because of #MeToo movement

2 March 2020, 15:39 | Updated: 2 March 2020, 15:41

By Sophie Thompson

Disney's remake of Mulan starring Crystal Liu and Donnie Yen is set for release in March 2020, and producers say it will be closer to the original story than the 1998 animation, despite missing Li Shang as a character.

Disney is in the midst of revamping all of our favourite classic movies - we've already had Aladdin, The Lion King, and now the company is putting the final touches on the live-action remake of Mulan, which is set for release at the end of March.

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Despite everyone's excitement, fans have noticed that the new version has a particularly important character missing, and now Disney are trying to address it.

Mulan's live-action remake is set for release on 27th March 2020.
Mulan's live-action remake is set for release on 27th March 2020. . Picture: Disney

In the new version, starring Crystal Liu, hero love interest General Li Shang won't be a character, and despite the creators doing it with good intentions after they said the remake will come closer to the original story than the 1998 animation, it's actually caused some backlash over representation of different backgrounds.

In a statement, Disney said that the decision was influenced by the #MeToo movement and they didn't think 'Having a commanding officer that is also the sexual love interest was very comfortable' and 'didn't think it was appropriate'.

While it seems like a good thing on the surface, people have since commented that removing Li Shang from the movie erases bisexual representation. Shang originally falls in love with Ping before realising it's Mulan dressed as a boy.

Fans have been quick to accuse the production giant of using '#MeToo' as a 'cover up' and that his character was shining the light on sexism women like Mulan face daily.

Naturally, as the statement came to light, the internet had a lot of thoughts, and it seems like the movie perhaps won't be breaking the box office the way we first thought.

This comes after last year's controversy which saw fans boycott the making of the new movie, after lead actress, Crystal Liu, backed the police brutality used in the ongoing Hong Kong protests.

She shared an Instagram post that read: "I support Hong Kong's police, you can beat me up now," followed by, "What a shame for Hong Kong." Liu added the hashtag "IAlsoSupportTheHongKongPolice".

Well, we can't say we're not looking forward to what Rotten Tomatoes reviews have to say about this... and hey, there's always the animated one.