A new report published by The DisInsider suggests that Mulan’s live-action remake may indeed count on Mushu, the favorite dragon of the animated film’s audience.
The studio has had favorable reviews in its previous productions, such as Beauty and the Beast, which further encouraged it to unleash a wave of remakes that will be released in the coming years. One of the most anticipated is Mulan, directed by Niki Caro, but the public hasn’t shown you much satisfaction with changes in the original storyline.
In addition to the absence of Li Shang, Mulan’s romantic partner, Eddie Murphy had initially been scheduled to repeat his role as the voice actor for the character Mushu, but several problems related to musical acts that were not in accordance with the singer’s taste ended up leaving the character beside.
“Evidently the actor was not interested in singing in the film. Fortunately, Mushu still had a lot to do in Mulan, so it’s not like his role was a major defeat just because Murphy didn’t lend his vocal talents to a musical number or two, “comments Zippel to EW.
Check out the plot synopsis:
Mulan is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who disguises herself as a man to fight the Northern Invaders by attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honorable warrior, Hua Mulan, is witty, determined and quick on her feet. When the emperor issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the imperial army, she enters the scene to take her sick father’s place as Hua Jun, becoming one of China’s greatest warriors.
Although it is an adaptation with real actors from the 1998 animated film, also produced by Disney, the new version is expected to be more grounded in the original story, more focused on the adventures of Mulan as a warrior than in her personal life.
With the criticisms, apparently Disney may have changed its mind about relying more on Hua Mulan’s Chinese folklore and considered inserting the Fa Family guardian back into the narrative, although we still don’t know how the character will be included.
The film is expected to debut only on March 27, 2020. In the meantime, there is plenty of time to read more about Mulan’s live-action on our website.