It appears that the final release of the Mulan live-action movie may look slightly different from what we’ve seen in the initial trailer that was released a few months ago.
According to The Disinsider, the production team for Mulan is preparing to do some reshoots, as told by an unnamed source who has insider knowledge on the film.
The source also states that the reshoots will take a whopping four months, ending at around February 2020. This could be an eyebrow-raiser, seeing as the projected release date of March 27, 2020 has not changed, despite the radical decision to have the reshoots take place.
While there is no clear reason as to why the reshoots are taking place, one could point to the generally negative reception of the fact that the iconic fan-favourite red dragon, Mushu, was replaced with a voiceless Phoenix, as seen in early screeners at this year’s D23 Expo, as a possible cause.
However, the abovementioned report says that it could be a reshoot of some high-action set pieces.
To further add fuel to the fire, Liu Yifei, the actress playing the titular Hua Mulan, is caught up in a political tangle amid the Hong Kong protests, over her sentiments toward the Chinese authorities.
I support Hong Kong’s police, you can beat me up now. What a shame for Hong Kong. #Ialsosupporthongkongpolice#Liu Yifei’s comments on the Hong Kong police on the Chinese blogging site Weibo.
Her decision to stand with the Chinese government didn’t sit well with the pro-Hong Kong majority online, leading to the #BoycottMulan hashtag spreading like wildfire not long after her statement.
However, The Disinsider believes that Disney is still sticking by Liu as Mulan.
Liu will be joined by a star-studded ensemble cast for Mulan, featuring the likes of Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Commander Tung; Jet Li (The One, Fearless) as The Emperor; Gong Li (Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice); Jason Scott Lee (Back to the Future Part II) as Böri Khan; and Yoson An (The Meg) as Chen Honghui.
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