First Look at Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Remake’s Villain

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Earlier this week, Disney surprised us with a brand new trailer for Mulan, the live-action remake of the 1998 animated film under the same title.

Starring Chinese-American actress and model, Liu Yifei, Mulan tells the fascinating story of a brave young woman who disguises herself as a man to join the Imperial Army.

In the trailer, we see that China is about to be attacked by northern invaders. This forces the army to collect one man in every family in each village to train and fight for the war.

Having two daughters, Mulan’s father agreed to join the corps despite being ill. This encouraged Mulan to leave and join the unit in lieu of her father.

We also get to have a look at Xian Lang, played by Gong Li, a powerful witch who plays the role of the main villain of the movie. It’s a tweak from the original animated film which is in line with director Niki Caro’s plans to make noticeable changes with the live-action remake.

The script is written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver and, aside from Xian Lang, another villain to watch out for is Bori Khan (played by Jason Scott Lee). Both of them serve as a replacement for Shan Yu, the ruthless leader of the Huns.

In the original film, Shan Yu never learned that Mulan was a woman until the end of the movie. This time, Xian Lang finds out about Mulan and uses that against her which will bring conflict to the narrative.

One thing netizens also noticed is the rebranding of the iconic song ‘Reflection’ as it has become an orchestra version.

Despite these changes, Mulan offers a fresh take on what we’ve never seen before in the original film; it is an epic war saga with stylized martial art fight scenes and spectacular visual effects. 

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Mulan will hit the theatres on March 27, 2020.


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Ariane Cruz