To the delight of fans across the globe, Disney recently announced that a live-action reboot of Mulan is in the works, much like many of the other classics such as The Lion King and The Little Mermaid, which have also recently gotten the live-action treatment.
The 1998 animated classic follows Mulan as she disguises herself as a man to take the place of her father in the Chinese military.
With Disney releasing the first teaser trailer for the upcoming movie this week, the countdown is well and truly on for its release in March. And now Christina Aguilera has made a very exciting announcement!
The actress and singer, who recently starred alongside Emile Hirsch in The Chinese Widow, is taking on the leading role in the live-action adaptation.
The casting process for the role of Mulan was said to be pretty competitive, with over a thousand actresses seen for the role, so this is a huge achievement for the star.
Last year, The Hollywood reporter announced that Li would be joining the cast as the emperor, although, reportedly, at first, the star initially turned down the role in the film but later agreed to it after his daughter told him that he should be in a movie promoting Chinese culture.
Best known for the Ip Man franchise and his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we’ll be seeing Yen grace our screens as the brand new character, Commander Tung, who wasn’t in the original 1998 movie.
The main villain in the original animated film was Shan Yu, the leader of the Huns, but the live-action adaptation is set to feature another villain, a powerful witch.
Li has starred in several acclaimed movies, including Farewell My Concubine and Memoirs of a Geisha.
In the original movie, Mulan didn’t have any siblings, so we’ll be interested to see where Xana Tang takes the new character.
The live-action version of the heroine’s love interest doesn’t go by the same name, in fact, in the original, he was called Li Shang.
New Zealand actor, Yoson An will play Honghui, who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will be an “ambitious recruit” who joins Tung’s unit.
In the upcoming movie, we’ll be introduced to Bori Khan, a warrior seeking to avenge his father’s death.
You may recognize Lee if you are planning to watch the film, as he voiced “David” in Lio and Stitch.
Ron Yuan is known for his roles in the popular series, Marco Polo, and, Sons of Anarchy, and is set to play Sergeant Qiang, who, according to Deadline, will be second in command of the Imperial Regiment.
This is where it starts to get a bit ambiguous. As of yet, we don’t know too much about the Pitch Perfect star’s role, except that he’s a con artist.
It looks like we’re going to be seeing a bad guy duo, as, along with Skath, Ramtish is also set to be a con artist.
Known for his role in Arrival, the actor is starring as Zhou, a war veteran who’s called back to the military. Of course, we know his daughter, Mulan, takes his place, but we’re excited to see how Ma portrays the character.
We don’t know much about this one, although there’s speculation that she could be playing Mulan’s grandmother.
Freaky Friday star, Rosalind Chao, has been cast, and there’s speculation that she could play Mulan’s mother.
The American actress, who has starred in the likes of Freaky Friday, Just like Heaven and, more recently, the TV series, Code Black, has been cast in an unknown capacity.
Deadline confirmed the news of the casting of the star.
Wong has his own YouTube channel and has picked up 2 Streamy Awards for his series: Video Game High School.
Actor, Doua Moua, has previously starred in 2008’s Grand Torino.
Tang has starred in popular productions such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Grey’s Anatomy.
Christina Aguilera herself has confirmed her return for the movie, too.
In the original Mulan, Aguilera sang one of the most iconic songs.
“Reflection” is basically the emotional heart of Mulan.
She told Entertainment Weekly, “You have to go see it. I recorded a new ‘Reflection’ and new material for the movie. I’ve been working on that, but this is the original.”
The movie is set for release on March 27th, and now we’re starting to get excited!
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