Disney's been on a live-action remake kick in the last few years, including Beauty and the Beast and last year's Aladdin and The Lion King. Next on the list is the beloved story of Mulan, which debuted as an animated film in The movie became an instant classic and features some of Disney's most memorable music, though the remake's director just confirmed there won't be any musical numbers in the film. The film was supposed to premiere March 27, then was moved to July 24 and then August Disney announced its casting decision in November after an extensive search. Chinese actress Liu Yifei, who also goes by Crystal Liu, will play the movie's heroine. She is well known for her work in China, and previously worked on The Forbidden Kingdom and Outcast
Will the New Mulan Be a Musical?
Mulan is a American action drama film based on the Chinese folklore " The Ballad of Mulan " and is a live-action adaptation of Disney 's animated film of the same name. Plans for a live-action remake began in , but the project never came to fruition. In March , a new attempt was announced and Caro was hired to direct in February Liu was cast in the title role in November , following a casting call of 1, actresses, and the rest of the cast joined over the following year. Mulan ' s Hollywood premiere was held on March 9, Originally scheduled to be a wide theatrical release , it was delayed multiple times due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. 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. Walt Disney Pictures expressed interest in a live-action adaptation of the animated film Mulan starring international star Zhang Ziyi , with Chuck Russell chosen as the director.
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Directed by Niki Caro, the remake will be the same story as the musical. Based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, it follows the story of a girl impersonating a man in order to fight in the Chinese military, and ward off a Hun invasion. But will this live-action remake feature any of the original songs? Or any music at all? The movie was originally scheduled for release in December this year, but has since been delayed. But back in March , the Internet went into a frenzy after director Niki Caro told Moviefone the remake would feature no songs. It has now been confirmed that Harry Gregson-Williams Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia will take on the score for the remake — but it looks like it will all be instrumental.
They may be getting down to business to defeat the Northern invaders, but they will not be breaking out into song. Unlike previous live-action remakes such as Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin , the cast of the new Mulan will not be performing songs from the beloved animated original. When director Niki Caro first mentioned in an interview in that there will not be singing in Mulan , the fans were not pleased. Caro later clarified that production had barely begun and nothing was set in stone. When I visited the New Zealand set of Mulan in October with a group of journalists, we were all curious whether the songs will be performed in the movie. It gets a little easier in animation to keep the tension and the reality in place and still have people break into song and sing to camera. So we are using music in a slightly different way. All Rights Reserved. We asked some of the cast members about whether they wanted their character to break out into song. Being honest.