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Mulan: Release date, cast, trailers, and rumors

The new poster of the film was released on December 5, 2019, and emphasizes that Mulan will be a warrior and that the film will focus on the action.
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The version with actors of the Disney animated classic will hit theaters in March 2020.

Unlike other animated films that Disney has adapted in films with actors, Mulan - to premiere on March 27, 2020, in cinemas - looks like the one that will take more freedoms and seek to surprise viewers with some twists in its history.

The new Mulan is directed by New Zealand director Niki Caro, director recognized for her films starring brave female characters, such as Jessica Chastain in  The Zookeeper's Wife (2017), Charlize Theron in North Country (2005) and Keisha Castle-Hughes in  Whale Rider (2002), among others.

The new poster of the film was released on December 5, 2019, and emphasizes that Mulan will be a warrior and that the film will focus on the action.

On November 20, 2019, the new Mulan international poster was released on social networks, confirming the replacement of the dragon Mushu - the character from the 1998 animated film - with a phoenix.

The most relevant of this new version is that Disney has opted for Asian actors for all roles. Mulan is a Chinese hero, who can be an inspiration for Asian girls; It is also a warrior, who stands for herself and does not require any prince to save her.

Disney selected Chinese actress  Yifei Liu, who will be accompanied in the film by some martial arts movie legends, such as Jet Li ( Lethal Weapon 4 ), Donnie Yen ( Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ) and Pei-Pei Cheng ( Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ).

Mulan's first poster, released on July 7, 2019, referred to the double identity of the main character in the story, who disguises himself as a man to take the place of his elderly father in the army.

Trailers and videos behind the camera

Mulan's second trailer was released on December 5, 2019, and confirmed that the Mushu dragon - popular in the 1998 animated film - was replaced by a phoenix. The new preview revealed the plot and introduced all the main characters in the movie.

Disney launched on July 7, 2019, the first Mulan trailer, focusing on the action, suggesting that the film will use a choreography of fighting scenes typical of martial arts films.

Synopsis and rumors

Disney's official argument is the following " Mulan is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who disguises herself as a man to fight against the invaders from the north that attack China. The eldest daughter of an honest warrior, Hua Mulan is energetic, determined and quick in his actions. When the Emperor issues a decree that orders one man per family to serve in the imperial army, she takes the place of her sick father as Hua Jun, becoming one of the best warriors in China. "

This indicates that the new Mulan will closely follow the story of the Disney animated classic. In the 1998 film, Mulan's family wants her to be an educated and refined lady so that she can get a good husband. But Mulan wants to be a warrior and fend for herself, so she disguises herself as a man and, in part thanks to her brave action in a battle against the Huns on the side of a snowy mountain, Mulan earns respect for the troop.

This is the argument of the 1998 animated film and some reports indicate that there will be important changes. Perhaps the most controversial of these is the replacement of the Mushu dragon with another mythological creature: a phoenix. In the animated film, Mulan is protected by a little dragon named Mushu, whose voice in English was contributed by Eddie Murphy.

Mushu fans have expressed their outrage on Twitter for the replacement of the little dragon. But the report was true because some members of the cast of Mulan shared images on social networks with sweaters (hoodies ) of the film and in the logo, you can see the figure of a phoenix. The international poster of the film, released on November 20, 2019, confirms the presence of this mythological animal.

The Disney Insider website has also said that the new Mulan will not have songs like the animated film, but that these musical themes will be incorporated, in an instrumental version, into the film.

In the animated film, Mulan was attracted to Captain Li Shang, in charge of training the new soldiers that make up the army that has to face the Huns. But, according to the London newspaper The Mirror, it seems that this character will not appear in the new version, being replaced by the figure of Chen Honghui, played by New Zealand actor Yoson An.

Another fundamental change will be the introduction of a new villain, Xian Lang, played by the famous Chinese actress Gong Li, who will give life, it seems, to a powerful sorceress.


With a cast of Asian stars, Mulan's main cast is made up of:
  • Yifei Liu (Mulan)
  • Donnie Yen (Commander Tung)
  • Jet Li (The Emperor)
  • Gong Li (Xian Lang)
  • Jason Scott Lee (Bori Khan)
  • Pei-Pei Cheng (The matchmaker)
  • Yoson An (Chen Honghui)
  • Xana Tang (Hua Xiu)
  • Rosalind Chao (Hua Li)
  • Utkarsh Ambudkar (Skatch)
  • Chum Ehelepola (Ramtish)
  • Nelson Lee (The Chancellor)
  • Roger Yuan (Duba Tegin)
  • Doua Moua (Po)

Release dates

Mulan opens on Friday, March 27, 2020, in the United States, Spain and Latin America (with the exception of Argentina and Brazil, where it can be seen from the previous day, March 26).
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