Disney fans were thrilled to get their first look at the live-action remake of Mulan when the House of Mouse released their first teaser trailer and official poster on Sunday. The movie is a remake of Disney's animated classic of the same name that was released in 1998 and stars Liu Yifei as Mulan, the fearless teenager who disguises herself as a man so she can fight in her country's Imperial Army.
Like the original, Mulan disguises herself as a man to protect her elderly and ailing father after 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.
While the original film was full of humor and song, this current adaptation will differ slightly. There is no indication that this current reboot will be a musical or even feature any of the songs, like 'Honor To Us All,' 'Reflection,' 'I'll Make a Man Out of You,' or 'A Girl Worth Fighting For,' that was made famous in the original animated film. There is a more serious, somber tone to the trailer, indicating that Mulan takes her duties very seriously. Missing is also Mushu, Mulan's talking Chinese Dragon friend that was voiced by Eddie Murphy in the original. Still, if the trailer is any indication, this live-action reboot will be an epic, visually stunning masterpiece.
The trailer opens will stunning visuals before we hear Mulan's mother, played by Rosalind Chao telling Mulan that the matchmaker has found her "an auspicious match." Her father, played by Tzi Ma agrees that it's "what is best for our family."
"Yes," Mulan replies. "I will bring honor to us all."
"Quiet, composed, graceful, disciplined. These are the qualities we see in a good wife," we hear in a voiceover as images of Mulan training for the army, showing off her impressive fighting skills flash across the screen. "These are the qualities we see in Mulan," the voiceover says.
"It is my duty to fight," we then hear Mulan say.
The movie, which is directed by Niki Caro also stars 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. Some fans may be disappointed by the omission of Mushu and the signature songs from the original movie in this trailer, but they should be reminded this is just a teaser. Perhaps there will be more to see when the first full-length trailer is released. Mulan is set to hit theatres on March 27, 2020.