Mulan live-action remake: we reveal the Disney film’s new trailer, release date, soundtrack and cast

5 December 2019, 15:12 | Updated: 5 December 2019, 15:16

By Sian Hamer

The iconic 1998 animated adventure is getting a live-action remake – here’s everything you need to know before its release.

Disney’s Mulan is the next animated classic to receive a live-action remake – and it’s set to be a blockbuster from the looks of the new trailer released today.

Directed by Niki Caro, the remake will be the same story as the 1998 musical. Based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, it follows the story of a girl impersonating a man in order to fight in the Chinese military, and ward off a Hun invasion.

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But will this live-action remake feature any of the original songs? Or any music at all? Here’s all you need to know before the release...

  1. When will the film be released?

    Mulan is set to be released in March 2020.
    Mulan is set to be released in March 2020. Picture: Walt Disney Studios

    The movie was originally scheduled for release in December this year, but has since been delayed. But don’t worry – the film is set to be released pretty soon.

    It’s set to hit cinemas in both UK and US cinemas on 27 March 2020.

  2. What is the soundtrack?

    The soundtrack to the original Mulan, composed and conducted by Jerry Goldsmith, had some of Disney’s biggest hits, including ‘Reflection’, ‘I'll Make a Man Out of You’ and ‘Honor to Us All’.

    But back in March 2017, the Internet went into a frenzy after director Niki Caro told Moviefone the remake would feature no songs.

    She shortly followed up on these comments in April that same year, telling The Hollywood Reporter: “The live-action is based on that inspirational Chinese ballad and on the animated Disney classic.

    “We’re still exploring the role that music’s going to play in it, but for sure there will be music.”

    It has now been confirmed that Harry Gregson-Williams (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia) will take on the score for the remake – but it looks like it will all be instrumental. We can cope with that.

  3. Who’s in the film?

    Actress Liu Yifei to star as Mulan in new live-action remake of the film
    Actress Liu Yifei to star as Mulan in new live-action remake of the film. Picture: PA Images

    The lead role of Mulan was cast back in November last year, and it’ll be Liu Yifei who takes on the part.

    The 32-year-old actress has already starred in multiple cinematic hits, including The Forbidden Kingdom and The Assassins.

    However, in August this year there were calls to boycott the film and the actress, after Yifei shared a post by the Communist Party newspaper supporting police in Hong Kong. The hashtag #BoycottMulan trended on Twitter, featuring in more than 21,000 posts.

    Other stars in the film include Donnie Yen, who'll be playing Mulan's mentor Commander Tung; the film's villain, played by Gong Li; and Jet Li who will be taking on the role of The Emperor.

    Mulan will be released in both UK and US cinemas on 27 March 2020.