During the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, Disney unveiled the first teaser trailer for their live-action adaptation of Mulan, and the world took notice.
In its first 24 hours, the teaser logged over 175 million views, which tops all of the other live-action remakes not named The Lion King, which had over 225 views in 24 hours when its teaser debuted last November. The 175 million view count for Mulan makes it the No. 7 trailer launch of all time, alongside blockbuster films such as Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War, Lion King, IT, and The Fate Of The Furious.
Of the 175M global Mulan look-sees, 52M came from China, which is a powerhouse in the box office industry. According to Deadline while most Chinese know the lore of Mulan (more recently, a 2009 local film starred Vicki Zhao), many today are intrigued to see how Disney brings the live-action Chinese story to the world.
We exclusively brought you the news that this film would not feature Mulan’s dragon sidekick, instead, he was replaced by a non-talking phoenix, and that the classic songs would not be sung by the cast. Which could benefit the remakes box office success in China, as the Chinese were not fans of the Mushu character at all.
When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father. “Mulan” features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”
Directed by Niki Caro (The Zookeepers Wife) the film also stars Donnie Yen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story); Jason Scott Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny); Yoson An (The Meg); Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect); Ron Yuan (Marco Polo); Tzi Ma (Arrival); Rosalind Chao (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine); Cheng Pei-Pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon); Nelson Lee; Chum Ehelepola; with Gong Li (Memoirs of a Geisha, Raise the Red Lantern) and Jet Li (Shaolin Temple, Lethal Weapon 4).
Disney’s Mulan will hit theaters on March 27, 2020