Aladdin wasn’t a bad effort at all, while the Lion King 2.0 looks incredible.
But for now it’s the turn of Mulan, which will present the tale of a young woman who disregards both tradition and the law by disguising herself as a man in order to enlist herself in the army in place of her ailing father.
The official synopsis reads:
‘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.’
But you already knew that, you’ve probably seen the original.
Anyway, the first teaser trailer is here and you should really take a peek.
The movie, directed by Niki Caro, stars Liu Yifei, Donni Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Gong Li and Jet Li, which is a ruddy strong cast with films such as The Forbidden Kingdom, Outcast and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story under their belt.
Speaking about what to expect from the film and, more specifically, her character, Gong said: “I’ve never played a villain but with this role – audiences will feel she’s a villain in the beginning but toward the end, they’ll see why.
“There was no witch in the original, there was a man but he wasn’t that important. [Xian Lang] will become important in this movie… audiences will understand why this character is the way she is, what she wants – they’ve handled the character very well.”
Mulan is scheduled for release on 27 March 2020. I previously said I wouldn’t see all these fancy reboots but I’m going to have to go back on my word.
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