Disney has released a second trailer for their live-action adaptation of the Chinese fairytale of Mulan (based on a poem and not historical events), which had been turned into an animated feature film by the animation division back in 1998.
This time we’re given a lot more than pretty shots as they give a good portion of the plot and reveal the new villains, including a new witch character that has long been rumored as one of the antagonists.
Watch the trailer below.
When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.
“Mulan” features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”
The film certainly looks a lot more grounded than previous efforts such as Aladdin or Beauty & The Beast, which might be due to the limited fantastic elements on display in the new footage.
Our pals over at TheDisinsider had previously reported that a new phoenix (a mythological bird that rises from the ashes) character would be replacing Mushu the Dragon, and this new Mulan trailer has seemingly confirmed that by talking about the phoenix and having one flying around in a couple of shots.
There had been reports of extensive reshoots on the film that would have meant a big delay in the film’s release date. However, Disney clearly is sticking to the original release date as it’s mentioned in the trailer and new poster.
Mulan is seemingly still set for release on March 27th, 2020.
SOURCE: WALT DISNEY STUDIOS