Count Ming-Na Wen, the voice of Disney's original Mulan, among the people looking forward to the live-action remake.
The actress is "excited that they chose 'Mulan' of all the other great Disney movies to turn into live-action," she told Entertainment Weekly. She pointed out that Disney has done several such remakes in recent years and specifically referenced 2017's "Beauty and the Beast," 2015's "Cinderella," and 2014's "Maleficent." Along with praising the films, she suggested they were proof that the story is in good hands.
"Disney has done such an amazing job with the other live-action [remakes], and I love them all. ... I think they'll do a great job with it, and it's great to keep that legacy alive," she said.
In the new "Mulan," Ming-Na's character will be played by Liu Yifei. However, Ming-Na wouldn't reveal whether or not she herself would return in some capacity.
"I can't say," she told EW.
Either way, there will be a variety of changes in the upcoming version of "Mulan." A new villain will be added, for example, and Mulan's love interest, Shang, will reportedly not be included. The latter has proven to be a point of contention for longtime fans, but Ming-Na may be right and there may be no cause for concern.
"Mulan" is slated to hit theaters on March 27, 2020.
Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) takes his spot -- though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve. She cleverly impersonates a man and goes off to train with fellow recruits. Accompanied by her dragon, Mushu (Eddie Murphy), she uses her smarts to help ward off a Hun invasion, falling in love with a dashing captain along the way. Read More