After Disney finally gave us the release date for the upcoming live-action reboot of Mulan, fans were very happy.
But, not everyone is happy with the movie. In fact, some people are calling for fans to boycott it.
Keep scrolling to find out why they think it should be boycotted...
With the current pandemic, movie releases have been on hold.
via: ShutterstockBut now they're are slowly coming back.
Meaning movie enthusiasts can finally watch something new!
via: ShutterstockSome of the movies being released are long-awaited.
Like one of the first big ones: Mulan on Disney Plus.
via: ShutterstockWhich has a lot of fans extremely excited.
But, not everyone, as someone people are calling for fans to boycott it.
via: ShutterstockKeep scrolling to find out why...
Several of our favorite Disney classics are now getting the live-action treatment.
via: imdbAnd much to the delight of fans across the globe, the Hollywood studio announced last year that a live-action reboot of Mulan would be hitting our screens.
But, of course, the pandemic has delayed several movies slated for release this year.
via: imdbMeaning studios are having to come up with other ways to give fans their movie fix, including Disney.
Mulan was set to be released in March.
via: imdbAnd now, after several setbacks, Disney have finally announced where and when we can watch, as well as a full trailer to get our teeth into.
The live-action reboot is based on the 1998 classic.The flick follows Mulan as she disguises herself as a man to take the place of her father in the Chinese military.
The casting process for the role of Mulan in the upcoming reboot was said to be pretty competitive.
via: imdbIn October, Disney unveiled who would be taking on the iconic roles.
Chinese actress, Yifei Liu, also known as Crystal Liu, is starring as the heroine herself, Mulan.
via: imdbThe actress and singer, who recently starred alongside Emile Hirsch in The Chinese Widow, is taking on the leading role in the live-action adaptation.
Jet Li will play the emperor of China.
via: imdbBack in 2018, The Hollywood reporter announced that Li would be joining the cast as the emperor, although, reportedly 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.
Donnie Yen stars as Mulan's mentor, Commander Tung.
via: imdbBest 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.
Gong Li stars as a brand new witch villain.
via: imdbThe 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.
We're also set to be introduced to another new character, Mulan's sister, played by Xana Tang.
via: imdbIn the original movie, Mulan didn't have any siblings, so we'll be interested to see where Xana Tang takes the new character.
We've also got Yoson An, who's been cast as Mulan's love interest, Cheng Honghui.
via: imdbThe 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.
Tzi Ma has taken on the role of Mulan's father.
via: imdbKnown 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.
Sadly for fans, the release of the long-awaited movie kept getting pushed back...
via: imdbBut, we finally have some answers!
Disney have announced that the flick is going to be skipping general theater release.
via: imdbAnd while it will be available in select theaters, which are yet to be announced, the Hollywood studio will be dropping the movie onto its streaming platform, Disney Plus. Don't worry, we've got the trailer and release date coming right up...
Although, for fans eagerly signing up to Disney Plus to watch...
via: imdbThere is a slight catch.
Viewers will have to make a purchase in order to watch the movie.
via: imdbEven if you're an existing Disney Plus subscriber.
The movie will cost $29.99 under Disney's new premium access feature.
via: imdbAnd since the news surfaced, reactions from fans have been very mixed.
@Variety YAASS YAASS YAASS I’m sooooooo Happy we went with Disney plus— Gigi Antoine (@Gigi Antoine)1596575149.0
@Variety YESSSSS— Emily Kat (@Emily Kat)1596575694.0
@Variety @PeterxLopez I’m surprised, honestly: I thought they’d hold out for theatrical. But at least we’ll get to see it!!— Alexandra Z. Lazar (@Alexandra Z. Lazar)1596575822.0
@Variety Noooooooooooooo it needs to be on the big screen— Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe (@Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe)1596575089.0
@Variety There is literally no way I'm paying $29.99 to watch this in my lounge room.— Nick Heiler (@Nick Heiler)1596607883.0
@Variety go home disney your drunk https://t.co/H0NmNErVDA— Christian クリスチャン・ストレスキ (@Christian クリスチャン・ストレスキ)1596609731.0
So mixed that some people are now calling for fans to boycott the film.
via: Getty ImagesLiu Yifei first angered fans last year during the time of demonstrations against a law that would allow extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China.
In that time, Liu shared a post from the government-run Beijing newspaper People's Daily on Weibo.
via: Getty ImagesThe post read "I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong."
Something that angered many as Hong Kong police had been accused of violence towards pro-democracy protesters.
via: Getty ImagesMany pro-democracy activists were then arrested in April this year and following in June, an investigation found no significant wrongdoing on the police's part during the 2019 protests.
The call to boycott Mulan here comes from Liu's support to the police.
This film is released today. But because Disney kowtows to Beijing, and because Liu Yifei openly and proudly endors… https://t.co/GlrVqj1o8i— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 😷 (@Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 😷)1599199262.0
The other reason that people are propositioning boycotting also mentioned by Joshua.
via: Getty ImagesIt is claimed that "Disney kowtows to Beijing."
A comment supported by the US attorney general William Barr.
via: Getty ImagesJust last month William Barr claimed that Disney and other Hollywood studios "bow to Beijing".
And the reason why?
via: Getty ImagesBy censoring films and by tweaking scripts and character nationalities the companies ensure distribution will happen in China.
Something that could be seen as important as China is now the second-biggest movie market in the world.The revenue of a movie being released there can be substantial.
In fact, according to cultural analyst Xueting Christine Ni, "Chinese takings can make or break a movie."
As a Disney’s fan, I’m totally disappointed in Disney this time. How can you promote this woman who supports state… https://t.co/fbBnhyprCu— spookyzombie 🧟 (@spookyzombie 🧟)1599140908.0