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The Battle-Filled First Trailer for Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan' Is Here

This time, the tale hits the screen without rousing tunes and talking dragons voiced by Eddie Murphy, but with plenty of sword-swinging, arrow-flinging antics.
By Sarah Ward
July 08, 2019
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The Battle-Filled First Trailer for Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan' Is Here

This time, the tale hits the screen without rousing tunes and talking dragons voiced by Eddie Murphy, but with plenty of sword-swinging, arrow-flinging antics.
By Sarah Ward
July 08, 2019
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In Chinese history, the legend of Hua Mulan dates back to the sixth century. At the movies, the formidable female warrior first fought her way across the big screen in a 1927 silent film. The character is no stranger to the page, stage or cinema, but many folks know the tale thanks to Disney's 1998 animated musical. Now, as it has done with everything from Alice in Wonderland to The Jungle Book to Aladdin, the Mouse House is turning the story into its latest live-action remake.

Once again, Mulan (played by Chinese American actor Liu Yifei) will evolve from dutiful daughter to kick-ass combatant, all to protect her family in a time of war. She's originally due to be married off to a husband chosen by a matchmaker, until the Emperor of China issues a decree stating that one man per household must serve the Imperial Army as it endeavours to fend off northern invaders. To save her ailing ex-soldier father from having to fight, Mulan disguises herself as a man, takes on the name Hua Jun and becomes an icon.

Forget rousing tunes and talking dragons voiced by Eddie Murphy — this time, the tale hits the screen without the singing and smart-talking sidekicks, but with plenty of sword-swinging, arrow-flinging antics. In New Zealand director Niki Caro's (Whale Rider, The Zookeeper's Wife) hands, this version of the story goes heavy on the action and empowerment, as seen in the spectacularly choreographed scenes in the just-released first trailer.

As well as Liu (whose resume includes The Forbidden Kingdom and The Assassins), the new Mulan features Jet Li as the Chinese Emperor, Gong Li as a witch, Donnie Yen as the protagonist's mentor, Jason Scott Lee as a villainous army leader, and Yoson An (The Meg, Mortal Engines) as her fellow fighter and love interest.

The film hits cinemas next year — check out the teaser below:

Mulan releases in Australian cinemas on March 26, 2020.

Published on July 08, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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