Disney has revealed a new poster for the Mulan live-action remake. Additionally, the studio has announced that a new trailer for the highly-anticipated feature will arrive online tomorrow morning. But first, we've got this new one-sheet to look at, which gives us a peek at the hero of this tale swinging her sword against a snowy backdrop.
The poster sees Mulan, played by Yifei Liu, in the middle of an intense fight. She's brandishing a sharp blade, looking ready for a long battle, with arrows flying all around her. Despite the harsh circumstances, the warrior looks unphased. In many ways, it looks like the 1998 animated tale brought to life, which is good news for 90s Disney fans. This is a movie that has faced some controversy up to this point, with many in China calling it out for historical inaccuracies, for one. Hong Kong protestors also called for a boycott of Disney after Yifei voiced her support for local police.
There have also been some major Mulan reshoots. This to say, things have been a tiny bit rocky, but it's nothing a good trailer can't overcome, in terms of potential financial success. The cast also includes Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li Jet Li. Niki Caro (Whale Rider, The Zookeeper's Wife) is in the director's chair, working from a script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, the duo behind Jurassic World and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, as well as Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, who have less experience in big blockbusters, having previously written the TV movie Christams Perfection.
As witnessed in the first Mulan trailer, this live-action remake centers on the Emperor of China, who 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 a decorated warrior, steps up to take the place of her father, who is in poor health. Disguising herself as a man named Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must dig deep to harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. This epic journey will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of her nation, as well as her father.
1998's animated Mulan was embraced by critics and audiences at the time, earning a solid $304 million at the box office. In recent years, Disney has turned to its classic catalog for inspiration, turning many animated classics into live-action remakes for modern audiences. That strategy has paid off handsomely. This year alone saw the release of The Lion King and Aladdin, both of which grossed over $1 billion globally. Disney also recently released a live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp on Disney+. Other recent successful remakes include Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Alice In Wonderland and The Jungle Book. Mulan is set to hit theaters on March 27, 2020. Be sure to check out the new poster from the Mulan Twitter account for yourself and check back with us tomorrow for the trailer.