Like it or not, Niki Caro’s Mulan is coming exclusively to Disney+ subscribers, and if you’re one of them, you’ll need to pay an additional $29.99 to buy the film and watch it. The good news though is that by buying the film, you’ll own it, and get to see it as many times as you want, which, for what it’s worth is.. well, a deal. BUT, you be the judge.
Indeed, there will be some more fantastical elements respective to the original property with Niki Caro’s Mulan now in full swing. The first official trailer is out following this year’s teaser and it doles out much more in terms of story and characters, and excitement.
MULAN: Crystal Liu Yifei Defies Conventions In The First Official Teaser For Disney’s Live-Action Epic
To think at any point before last year we could have ended up with a whiter version of Walt Disney Pictures’s current live-action incarnation of Mulan is just crazy on its face. Sadly, that’s a reality long etched in Hollywood history and one that the town is now tackling one film at a time, and especially with helmer Niki Caro’s latest prospective feat from the House Of Mouse as it now samples the goods for the masses with an official teaser now online.
Dropping a nice little jewel online, the first official look at actress Liu Yi-Fei in the title iteration of Mulan arrived via Twitter on Monday. The photo signals the official launch of production from Disney with Whale Rider and McFarland, USA helmer Niki Caro directing.
While the elongated production process for Niki Caro’s live-action reinstallment of Disney property, Mulan, moves forward, the studio has just cast actor Jason Scott Lee according to Rebecca Sun at The Hollywood Reporter. Lee’s casting sees him starring in the villainous role of Bori Khan, described in the report as “a warrior leader who is intent on avenging his father’s death”.
Fans itching to catch Niki Caro’s live-action Mulan will have to wait at least another year following its recent release date push to March 27, 2020. Until then, at least sooner news will have fans excited over casting with a Deadline exclusive on Wednesday revealing Utkarsh Ambudkar (The Mindy Project, Pitch Perfect, upcoming Blindspotting) and Ron Yuan (Blood And Bone, Netflix’s Marco Polo) now joining live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1998 animated hit film.
Ambudkar will play the role of a con artist named Skatch while Yuan will portray Sergeant Qiang, the fiercely loyal second in command of the Imperial Regiment. Their names currently add to the already cast Jet Li, Gong Li And Xana Tang, with Donnie Yen in the role of Commander Tung who mentors our titular heroine who secretly replaces her ailing father upon military conscription to stave off a Hun invasion – She will be played by Crystal Liu (The Forbidden Kingdom, The Four film franchise).
If Yuan’s name catches on any, you might remember him in recent history as the named helmer of an upcoming martial arts-infused sixth feature film installment of the Step Up dance movie franchise set in China. A new date remains pending for that project while the actor has since gone on to appear in other roles in The Accountant, Independence Day: Resurgence, and opposite Phillip Ng in the Bruce Lee pseudo-biopic, Birth Of The Dragon.
Jason Reed, Chris Bender, and Jake Weiner are producing with Bill Kong serving as executive producer for Mulan.
News seems to be fast-tracking this week for Walt Disney Pictures amid the current progress toward reviving the studio’s animated gender-bending classic, Mulan.
Following the addition of international action star and actor Donnie Yen for the role of Commander Tang on Wednesday, three new names are now circling the live-action production: International action star Jet Li (Hero, The Expendables Trilogy), distinguished actress Gong Li (Curse Of The Golden Flower, Miami Vice, The Monkey King 2) and New Zealand actress Xana Tang (Filthy Rich, Dead Lucky).
As Rebecca Sun’s exclusive at The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday confirms, Jet Li is in final talks to play the Emperor of China. The report also cites at least two moves signaling departures from the Barry Cook/Tony Bancroft-directed 1998 film, highlighting actress Li for the role of a powerful witch, and actress Tang who will play Mulan’s sister.
Actress Crystal Liu is headlining the cast as production readies for an August start ahead of a March 27, 2020 release with Whale Rider helmer Niki Caro directing. Succeeding from its folkloric roots, Mulan tells of a young girl who seizes her ailing father’s armor and conscription to serve in his place when the emperor enlists one male from each household, at a time when women performing any duties other than the confines at home was considered taboo and strictly forbidden.
Lauren Hynek, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin are penning the script. Chris Bender, Jason Reed and Jake Weiner are producing with Bill Kong (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, Rise Of A Legend, Monster Hunt) executive producing.
Jet Li is repped by Current Entertainment and Bloom Hergott while Gong Li is repped by ICM, and Xana Tang is repped by Gail Cowan Management and Cunningham Escott Slevin & Doherty (CESD).
Beyond recent progress on Big Brother and Enter The Fat Dragon and the production start of Ip Man 4, time will tell what lies ahead for actor and action star Donnie Yen. That said, if Mike Fleming Jr.’s exclusive at Deadline is any indication, a starring role in Disney’s own live-action version of Mulan is very likely to soon follow.
The report confirms Yen for the role of Commander Tung, mentor and teacher to Mulan, with Yen marking this as his second Disney feature since playing the memorable role of blind warrior Chirrut Imwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Whale Rider helmer Niki Caro is set to direct the film which has since nabbed The Forbidden Kingdom, The Four and Once Upon A Time actress Crystal Liu for the starring role – the result of an expansive casting search that implored the studio to push its release of the film back from a previous 2019 date to March 27, 2020.
Lauren Hynek, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin are penning the script that re-engages the classic folktale that saw its way to the big screen in the 1998 animated feature about the daughter of a solider who seizes her ill father’s conscription to serve in his place in the wake of an enemy invasion. Chris Bender, Jason Reed and Jake Weiner are producing with Bill Kong (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, Rise Of A Legend, Monster Hunt) executive producing.
I was irking to find out what exactly were the ins and outs of The Hollywood Reporter’s exclusive post on Tuesday about the upcoming Mulan film from director Niki Caro. Apparently that report had been retracted from the bulletin so I didn’t forward anything and especially since other trade sites didn’t echo the news.
Thus, the word is officially out now and with none other than actress Crystal Liu (The Forbidden Kingdom, The Four franchise, Once Upon A Time) having nabbed the heralded role telling of a young girl who bends her gender to join the military in place of her sick father in lieu of a forthcoming invasion. The film opens in 2019 apart from Sony’s own development of a live-action take on the character with a date pending.
Liu was one of a reported 1,000 candidates for the production’s five-continent visit per its search for an Asian lead – a tantamount decision for cinephiles pained by whitewashed roles in minority-centric multimedia. Chris Bender, Jason Reed and Jake Weiner are producing the film.
After garnering praise for her most recent work on The Zookeeper’s Wife starring Jessica Chastain, McFarlane, USA helmer Niki Caro is reportedly being eyed to direct Disney’s own upcoming live-action Mulan film. The film is one of two titles related to the Disney IP with the other being housed at Sony with Alex Graves directing for a late 2018 release.
Fans of Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft’s animated hit, Mulan, can now ready their two year countdown. Reports are now out this week that Disney’s forthcoming live-action remake, announced last March, has begun the global search for the actress to take the title role for its 3D release on November 2, 2018.
Avatar sequel co-scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have been to tapped to follow-up on the work previously done by writers Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek for the script, and reportedly for a more nuanced, detailed combination between the classic heroine ballad and the inital animated feature. A director is also currently being sought after.
Like the 1998 animated film, Mulan is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the daughter of an aged warrior who disguises herself as a man in order to take her father’s place in the army and go to war. Aided by her trusted dragon, Mushu, she becomes a skilled warrior and one of the country’s greatest heroines.
Producing are Jason Reed, Chris Bender and Jake Weiner.