The New Mulan


There have been rumors of Disney’s upcoming film, Mulan, and its release date. This epic live action film was originally planned to be complete and ready for viewers in 2018, but due to unexpected casting delays, Disney has postponed it to March 27, 2020.

Disney established the idea to remake chinese folklore, “The Ballad of Mulan” and the 1998 Mulan film in 2010, though Niki Caro [award winning New Zealand film director] was hired seven years later in 2017. In November of the same year, Lui Yifei was casted the role of Fa Mulan. 

When Disney finalized Caro’s directing and Yifei’s main role, the casting call of over a thousand actors and actresses was set to follow. The finalized cast began filming in August of 2018 and will continue this production until March 27.

With the film being set in New Zealand and China, there has been talk that the delay was caused by the coronavirus outbreak, which is anything but true. The true reason as to why Disney has taken almost a decade to create this film, is due to the challenge of casting main character roles. With Disney’s huge effort, amount of time and $200 million dollar budget, suspense has caught us all.

This action will be PG-13 and up as there will be moderate violence, but the story begins,  “When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Chinese Army to defend the country from the Huns, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. She is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. Disguised as a man by the name of Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her innermost 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” via Walt Disney Pictures.

The film existing as live action means there will be alterations from the Disney original 1998 Mulan to fit modern day life. The story is more focused towards reality rather than fantasy. Meaning we will be missing Mulan’s famous sidekicks, Cricket and Mushu. Fans have much to say about this topic, including Noor Jaleel claims “Mushu and Cricket definitely added a comedic element to the original Mulan, but in spite of the realistic film Disney is wishing to convey, their disappearance is near crucial”.

Overall the film is expected to receive astounding reviews and great box office hits, no one can truly predict the film’s success until its release reaches movie theaters.