Love the story of Mulan but hate cartoons? Well, you’re in luck because Disney has finally announced that its long-awaited live-action adaption of their animated classic will hit theaters in late 2018.
More specifically, Walt Disney Studios announced on Tuesday that this new version of “Mulan” will be released on November 2nd, 2018. Mark your calendars, folks! There’s no director yet, but the film is currently being rewritten by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, the husband and wife screenwriting duo behind “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Jurassic World.”
Now, they just have to cast the thing.
In case you had an unhappy childhood: Based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, which can be traced back to the 6th century, “Mulan” is the story of a girl who disguises herself as a man to serve in her father’s place in the war against the Huns. While the live-action adaption of the Disney classic was announced back in 2015, it wasn’t accompanied by any mention of specific cast members. Fans fear that Disney plans to “whitewash” the Chinese legend and want to see that the right actress lands the starring role.
To aid in this effort, a petition has been started on Care2 titled “Tell Disney You Don’t Want A Whitewashed Mulan!” criticizing past instances of Hollywood “whitewashing” and vowing that it won’t happen to the beloved Chinese character. That petition is now up to over 104,000 supporters.
Last month, many fans were taken in by a bit of internet satire announcing that Disney was eyeing Jennifer Lawrence for the title role.
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But, it looks like fans have nothing to fear. Disney has said that it will soon embark on a global casting search for the Chinese actress who will play Mulan, who was 16 years old in the animated film. Movie Pilot is currently favoring Fan Bingbing but other actresses such as Katie Leung (Cho Chang in the Harry Potter sphere), Jamie Chung and Zhang Ziyi are also mentioned.
Of course, what people really want to know is: who will play Mushu?
The original film was only released back in 1998, taking in $304 million at the global box office, but Disney is currently on a kick of creating live-action adaptions of their beloved animated tales. “The Jungle Book” remake released earlier this year grossed nearly a billion dollars worldwide and received rave reviews from critics. Both “Maleficent” and “Cinderella” were also well-received by critics and audiences alike. A highly-anticipated live-action version of “Beauty and the Beauty” will be released next year and a “The Lion King” remake is also in the works.