With Aladdin bound to cross a billion dollars at the box office and The Lion King expected to do the same, another live-action version of their successful animated films is on the horizon with Niki Caro’s Mulan.
Disney has released the very first footage from the film with a teaser trailer.
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 movie certainly looks a little more grounded than it’s animated counterpart and would certainly support the recent rumor from the Disinsider that they might not be singing the songs from the original.
Mulan is set for release on March 27th, 2020.