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Ming-Na Wen, who voiced Mulan in Mulan (1998), expressed interest in appearing in the film as Fa-Li, Mulan's mother.
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Disney has said Mulan and all primary characters would remain Chinese. "The studio is focusing its casting search in mainland China for the main roles, including the legendary woman warrior herself."
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A team of casting directors visited five continents and saw nearly 1,000 candidates of Chinese origin for the role of Mulan. Their requirements were credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English, and star quality.
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Mulan (2020) reputedly has a budget of $290M, which would make it the most expensive movie ever helmed by a female director, Niki Caro.
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Characters from the 1998 animated film are given Asian/Chinese names. The protagonist Fa Mulan is changed to be Hua Mulan, the main antagonist Shan Yu is being changed to Bori Khan, the deuteragonist Li Shang is being changed to Chen Honghui, Chien Po is simplified to Po, and Fa Zhou, Mulan's father, is changed to Hua Zhou.
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Ang Lee was offered to direct the film, but declined.
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To be released three months prior to the 22nd anniversary of Mulan (1998).
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In the season three premiere of Adult Swim's popular animated sci-fi/comedy, Rick and Morty (2013), a 1998 McDonald's cross promotion of the original Mulan (1998) is heavily alluded to. This cross promotion, a Mulan-inspired Szechuan dipping sauce, immediately gained internet attention as fans of the show demanded the fast food chain bring the sauce back. It is now rumored that McDonald's will bring the sauce back for the live-action version of Mulan (2020).
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Eighth live action reboot of a Disney animated feature film, and the first one to release in the 2020s.
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Originally intended to release on November 2nd, 2018, but was moved to December 20th, 2019 to avoid clashing with The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018). Because the film had been falling behind in production, it was moved a second time to March 27th, 2020 to avoid clashing with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
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Eddie Murphy was offered, but unfortunately declined to reprise his role as Mushu from Mulan (1998).
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The filmmakers debated whether to include the songs from the original movie in the same full on musical format, similar to Beauty and the Beast (2017).
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On the eve of the film's release, star Yifei Liu publicly supported the Chinese government's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. On social media, Liu shared a post by The People's Daily, the official newspaper of China's Communist Party, which denigrated the protesters, and Liu described their protesters as bringing "shame" upon Hong Kong. Her post led to calls for a boycott of her Disney film. It has come out that the actress was forced to do this by the Chinese government.
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The film's cast features Donnie Yen, Jet Li, and Jason Scott Lee. Yen and Li have played the character of Chen Zhen, first popularized by Bruce Lee, while Jason Scott Lee is most known for having directly played Bruce Lee in Dragon The Bruce Lee story.
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This is Yifei Liu and Jet Li's first collaboration since The Forbidden Kingdom (2008).
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The character of Mushu from the original animated film has been cut from the live-action adaptation. This is because Disney faced a lot of backlash from Chinese audiences when the 1998 film was released, as many found the character of Mushu to be disrespectful to and a mockery of Chinese traditions and beliefs.
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This is the second live-action remake of an animated Disney film Jason Scott Lee has appeared in. He was the star of Disney's first live action remake, The Jungle Book (1994), where he played the role of Mowgli. He also featured as David in Lilo & Stitch (2002) and its sequel Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (2005).
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Jason Scott Lee previously appeared alongside Chris Sanders (who provided the vocal effects of Little Brother in the original animated film) in the animated film Lilo & Stitch (2002), which was also from Disney.
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In 2010, Chuck Russell was signed on to direct and Ziyi Zhang was to play Mulan. However the film was put on hold and these two left.
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Bori Khan, a new character, was created for the 2020 version. He was renamed from Shan Yu from the original Mulan (1998).
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Walt Disney Pictures' seventh live-action adaption of an animated classic to be a remake after Cinderella (2015), The Jungle Book (2016), Beauty and the Beast (2017), Dumbo (2019), Aladdin (2019), and The Lion King (2019). This does not include Alice in Wonderland (2010) which was not related to original 1951 classic; the same said for Christopher Robin (2018) which is a sequel to Winnie the Pooh (2011) as opposed to being a remake, as well as for Pete's Dragon (2016), because it's not a remake of the 1977 original.
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Both Donnie Yen and Jet Li were considered for the same role of Chirrut in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), in which the former played the role. They appear in this film together.
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Chinese fought Asia Huns Empire a.k.a Xiongnu. Huns Army had numerous female warriors. It's extraordinary for Chinese people. In history, Amazons, Huns, Xiongnu, Turkics are same. World's first female ruler's movie is Tomiris (2019). Nowadays, China governs 30 millions Uyghurs in East Turkestan and Salars (Turkics) in Qinghai. Some historians think Mulan is mongol or hun.
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The live-action remake will feature none of the songs found in the original animated film, making it the first live action reboot of a Disney Animated Feature Film of Disney's Renaissance Era to not retain the Musical Elements from the original. This is to give the remake a more mature and stylised tone, allowing the audiences to focus more on the action and the story.
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Donnie Yen and Jet Li Work together in two films Once Upon a Time in China II and Hero.
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This movie will have a more dark and serious tone than the original animated version.
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Donnie Yen and Jason Scott Lee Work Together in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Sword of Destiny.
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The villain in this film is a witch, Xian Lang, while in Mulan (1998) the villain was Shan Yu (later renamed Bori Khan), the Hun military commander. The change was made to make the film more of a Chinese wuxia (martial arts fantasy) tale and to better accommodate the supernatural elements of the story (i. e., ancestral spirits).
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