Walt Disney Pictures has scheduled a release date for one of its animated classics retelling of Mulan. But this time, the reboot will feature a live-action adaptation and the the studio is reportedly launching a global casting search for a Chinese actress to play the iconic female heroine.
Disney’s Mulan, which is expected to hit the theaters on Nov. 2, 2018, is the latest live-action venture from the studio following the massive success of The Jungle Book, Maleficent, and Cinderella. The entertainment conglomerate has been digging on its animated film vault in the hopes of re-imagining many of its animated films into live-action movies.
Along with the recent announcement of rebooting The Lion King, Disney has a line-up of upcoming remakes of its animated classics that include Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan and Pete’s Dragon. It will be no surprise if in the coming days or weeks, the studio will announce yet another remake of Bambi.
According to Variety, the Mulan reboot will be rewritten for the big screen by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who also wrote the Jurassic World and Avatar sequel. A director has not been announced yet but the film will be produced by Jason Reed along with Chris Bender and Jake Weiner.
The lead female actress who will play the legendary Mulan role has not yet been announced but expectations are high that an Asian-descent actress will snag the coveted role following an online petition from the fans demanding not to whitewash Mulan.
Like the original animated film Mulan, which grossed $304 million worldwide in 1998, the Mulan remake is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. She is the daughter of an aged Chinese warrior who disguised herself as a man in the hope of taking her father’s place in the army and go to war with the Huns. Through hard work and perseverance, she became a skilled warrior and eventually became one of China’s greatest heroines.
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