First Look at Disney's Live Action Mulan Released as Production Begins

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Disney has released a production still from their live-action rendition of the 1998 classic earlier today and it has us feeling all the feels.

Disney dropped this image of actress Yifei Liu (The Forbidden Kingdom), in costume as the iconic Chinese heroine, Monday morning to celebrate the start of production on the process. Other cast members include Donnie Yen as Mulan's mentor Commander Tung, Jason Scott Lee as a villainous warrior named Bori Khan, Yoson An as Mulan's love interest Chen Honghui, and Utkarsh Ambudkar and Chum Ehelepola as a pair of con artists respectively named Ramrish and Skath.

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The film will be shooting on location in New Zealand and China. It tells the story of Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior who is spirited, determined and quick on her feet.

"Mulan" is directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider", "McFarland USA") from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver ("Jurassic World", "In the Heart of the Sea") and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem "The Ballad of Mulan". Barrie M. Osborne ("The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"), Bill Kong ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") and Tim Coddington ("Crazy Rich Asians") are serving as executive producers. Disney's press release seems to confirm what many diehard fans of the animated original have long feared: it appears that this version will not be a musical.

We do, however, known when Mulan will hit theaters, as a March 27th, 2020 release date has also been revealed.

Disney is getting down to business with a live-action remake of Mulan, the 1998 animated film about the folktale of the female Chinese warrior who goes undercover in the Imperial Army by posing as a man and fights against invading forces.

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