Mulan is an upcoming, live-action war action drama film directed by Niki Caro. It is an adaptation of the 1998 animated feature film of the same name.


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.



The film was announced to be in development on March 30, 2015, to be produced by Chris Bender and J.C. Spike, with a script having been bought from writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hayneck.[13] On October 4, 2016, the film was confirmed by Disney with a release date set for November 2, 2018. On February 14, 2017, Disney chose Niki Caro to direct the film and Bill Kong as executive producer, due to familiarity of the Chinese culture for the film.

On April 19, 2017, it was reported that Ming-Na Wen, the voice of Mulan in the original film, was in talks to possibly have a cameo in the film.[14] In July 2017, the film's release date was taken off the 2018 calendar with The Nutcracker and the Four Realms taking its place. On November 29, 2017, Liu Yifei was cast as Mulan.[3]

On March 1, 2018, the film was pushed back to March 27, 2020.[2] Production on the film began on August 13 along with the release for the first image of Liu Yifei as Mulan. Filming will take place in New Zealand and China.[8] On May 30, it was reported that Mushu will appear.[15] It was, however, later stated by the film's director that while the film will have a spiritual representation of Mulan's ancestors, Mushu will not be present.[16] Regarding the decision, director Niki Caro stated that the character of Mushu was irreplaceable and that the original film stands on its own in that regard.[17] Producer Jason Reed further stated that while the filmmakers loved Mushu, he was "not probably the most culturally acceptable solution to symbolize a dragon in Chinese language tradition." As such, Mulan receives a legendary guardian in the form of a phoenix within the film.[18]

Differences from the 1998 film

  • Mulan's family name "Fa" has been changed to "Hua".
  • The character Chen Honghui (played by Yoson An) takes the place of Li Shang in the 1998 film.
  • The villain character Bori Khan (played by Jason Scott Lee) takes the place of Shan Yu in the 1998 film.
  • Xian Lang was created entirely for the film.
  • Mulan is an only-child as shown in the 1998 film, while here she is said to have a sister named Hua Xiu (played by Xana Tang). She did have a brother in the original legend.
  • While the film will pay tribute to the songs of the original film, it will not have musical numbers.[16]
  • The film will contain a spiritual representation of Mulan's ancestors, but will not have Mushu.[16]



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  • Actress Gong Li, who will play the evil witch character, Xian Lang, was also the inspiration for the 1998 animated version/counterpart of Mulan.
  • Disney had hoped to market the film heavily in China, possibly even to greater sales than those in the United States. However, the closure of theaters due to the coronavirus outbreak in China has placed Disney's plans for the market into uncertainty.[19]
  • This will be the first remake of a Disney animated feature film to be rated PG-13. Notably, the original film was rated G, and the film's PG-13 rating is stated to be entirely in relation to "sequences of violence."[20]


  1. "Harry Gregson-Williams to Score Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Live-Action Movie". Film Music Reporter. Retrieved on 24 Aug 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Disney's live-action Mulan pushed back to 2020". EntertainmentWeekly Retrieved on March 1, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Disney's 'Mulan' Finds Its Star (Exclusive)". (November 29, 2017) Retrieved on 2017-11-29.
  4. "Disney’s Live-Action Mulan Casts Rogue One’s Donnie Yen(Exclusive)". (April 11, 2018) Retrieved on 2018-04-11.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Disney's Live-Action Mulan Lands Gong Li, Jet Li (Exclusive)". Retrieved on April 12, 2018.
  6. "Disney's 'Mulan' Adds Jason Scott Lee". The Hollywood Reporter. (July 25, 2018)
  7. "Mulan: Newcomer Yoson An Cast In Disney Live-Action Movie". Deadline. Retrieved on June 6, 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 "Disney Shares First Look at Live-Action Mulan". Retrieved on August 13, 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "‘Mulan’: Utkarsh Ambudkar & Ron Yuan Added To Disney’s Live-Action Adaptation", Deadline (May 23, 2018). Retrieved on May 24, 2018. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Casts Jimmy Wong & Doua Moua". Retrieved on August 14, 2018.
  11. Adrian Martinez Joins Disney’s ‘Lady and the Tramp’; ‘Mulan’ Adds Chen Tang
  12. "Disney Casts 'Mulan' Love Interest (Exclusive)". Retrieved on August 15, 2018.
  13. Disney Developing Live-Action MULAN Remake
  14. Ming-Na Wen talks Mulan live action
  15. "EXCLUSIVE: Disney's MULAN Remake To Feature Music; Mushu To Appear". Retrieved on May 30, 2019.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Evans, Nick (January 15, 2020). "Mulan Director Explains Why The Remake Won't Have Mushu Or Musical Numbers". Cinema Blend Retrieved on January 16, 2020.
  17. Arguello, Toby (January 20, 2020). "Disney’s Live-Action Mulan Does NOT Have Mushu: Here’s Why". Screen Rant Retrieved on January 21, 2020.
  18. "Mulan remake filmmakers clarify why they needed to slay Mushu and the well-known songs". BingePost (February 21, 2020) Retrieved on February 22, 2020.
  19. Pallotta, Frank (February 14, 2020). "Disney's 'Mulan' was supposed to be a big hit in China. The coronavirus could threaten that". CNN Business Retrieved on February 15, 2020.
  20. Mendelson, Scott (February 19, 2020). "For Disney’s ‘Mulan,’ A PG-13 Rating Is Both A Risk And A Flex". Forbes Retrieved on February 19, 2020.

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