To save her ailing father from serving in the Imperial Army, a fearless young woman disguises herself as a man to battle northern invaders in China.
Director: Niki Caro
Budget: $200 million
Los Angeles Premiere
When: Monday 9th March 2020
Where: Dolby Theatre, Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
When: Thursday 12th March 2020
Where: Odeon, Leicester Square, London
The character of Mushu was ultimately cut from the live-action remake in respect of Chinese audiences. As Mulan is largely inspired by the legend of Hua Mulan and is a popular story in the Chinese culture, Disney wanted to honour the original folk tale as opposed to solely re-creating the 1998 cartoon. This is also contributed to Disney’s decision of excluding musical numbers in the live adaptation.
This is the first Disney live-action to receive a PG-13 rating and appeal to a more mature audience than other Disney remakes.
Originally scheduled for March 2020, the film had to be delayed until July 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Liu Yifei was cast as the titular role of Mulan in 2017 but before that, casting directors saw nearly 1,000 candidates from five continents in search of the female warrior.
Producer Jason Reed revealed that Mulan’s love interest, Captain Li Shang was dropped in response to the Me Too movement.