'Mulan' Live Action Remake: Release Date, Cast, Trailers, And Everything You Need To Know

30 November 2017, 18:10

Mulan Live Action Remake
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Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

Everything you need to know about Disney's upcoming 'Mulan' live-action remake--including cast announcements and the film's expected theatrical release.

Disney's live-action Mulan project has been in the works for a few years now.

In 2016, Walt Disney Pictures announced a November, 2018 theatrical release for the film. However, the studio looks to have modified that and are now eyeing a 2019 release.

Moving ahead with plans for the highly anticipated remake, the studio announced on November 29, 2017 that they had found their Mulan in Chinese actress Liu Yifei.

Liu Yifei
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Who is the actress playing Mulan: Liu Yifei

Liu Yifei, who also goes by Crystal Liu, is set to star as Mulan in the upcoming adaptation.

Yifei is a Chinese born actress and singer who has acted in film since 2004. Yifei was partially brought up in New York City and is fluent in English.

Fans are pleased with the casting of Liu Yifei as it took a year to lock down the actress. Liu Yifei, who also happens to have martial arts acting experience, beat out over a 1,000 other contenders for the role.

Liu Yifei appeared alongside Jet Li and Jackie Chan as Golden Sparrow in 2008's The Forbidden Kingdom.

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Here she is talking about her work on The Forbidden Kingdom.

Crystal Liu Yifei interview about Forbidden Kingdom

In the 1998 animated version, Mulan was originally voiced by Ming-Na Wen (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

After Liu Yifei was announced as Mulan, Wen took to Twitter to congratulate the actress on the huge role.

Will the Mulan remake have songs?

As recently as March 2017, the film's director, Niko Caro, has said the live-action adaptation will not include songs. Instead, Caro has suggested that the film will be martial arts driven.

Caro told Screen Crush that "the budget and the location and the story is offering such scope to me for [an] incredible, muscular piece of girly martial arts extravaganza in China. And I can’t wait. "

Many have suggested that the original film's musical numbers are part of what made it so special in the first place. Songs like "I'll Make A Man Out Of You" and "Reflection" will likely be missed by fans of the original.

Will Li Shang be in the Mulan live-action remake?

Earlier this year, it was strongly implied that Captain Li Shang (Mulan's love interest in the 1998 animated film) will not play opposite Mulan in the live-action adaptation. Instead she will fall for Chen Honghui, a fellow soldier.

A casting call for Chen describes him as "Male, in his 20s, must be able to speak fluent English and Mandarin Chinese; strapping, cocky, and handsome. Honghui is another recruit who joins Commander Tung’s unit, and he’s determined to be the best soldier in human history. Full of himself, with a mean, bullying streak to him, he quickly realizes that Mulan is his chief rival.."

Disney Pictures' announcement of Liu Yifei as Mulan is the first huge casting confirmation for the film. It is expected that more news, trailers, and information about Mulan will be made available in the coming weeks and months.