It’s been a couple of months since the release of the teaser for Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Mulan. Now, while the teaser received mostly positive feedback, we had heard test screening earlier this year didn’t go so well with viewers, as we heard Mushu was replaced with a non-speaking Phoenix (which was confirmed at this years D23 Expo) and that the film would feature some of the music of the animated film but wouldn’t be sung by the actors.
Now, we have learned that Mulan is gearing up for some extensive reshoots. According to a source close to the project, the film will be undergoing four months of reshoots starting this month and should last through February. As of now, it is not known what the reshoots entail, but we heard it is for significant battle sequences.
We also do not know if the studio is deciding to add Mushu or have the cast sing the songs after all.
There has also been a lot of controversy surrounding the star of the film Yifei Liu, who took to the blogging site Weibo and stated she stands with the Hong Kong police, who since June have been engaged in a crackdown on anti-government demonstrators and journalists in that country. The civil unrest and protests, triggered by potential legislation that would have allowed suspected criminals to be extradited to territories where Hong Kong doesn’t have formal extradition deals but has now grown to encompass democratic reform, are now in their third month.
“I support Hong Kong’s police, you can beat me up now. What a shame for Hong Kong. #Ialsosupporthongkongpolice#,” Liu wrote. Twitter hashtag #BoycottMulan quickly took off. Liu was also absent from the quick Mulan presentation at D23.
Trust me when I say that I don’t believe the reshoots are to cast a different actress in the role.
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.”
Disney’s Mulan will hit theaters on March 27, 2020
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