It's a great time to be a #Disney fan. The Mouse House has taken many of our favorite animated classics such a #Cinderella, #TheJungleBook, and the upcoming #BeautyAndTheBeast and re-imagined them as incredible live-action #movies.
Another one of these fantastic films that is currently in development is the live-action adaptation of Mulan, which is set for a November 2018 release, and Disney dropped some major news today about movie.
Niki Caro, director of McFarland, USA and the upcoming drama The Zookeeper's Wife, is set to direct, while Bill Kong, who also produced Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, has signed on as the film's executive producer.
It's a smart move by Disney to bring in diverse people to helm this film. Reportedly, Disney had hoped hire legendary director Ang Lee, who had to pass due to scheduling conflicts.
Nevertheless, a female-led film about a strong female character is welcome news, much like this summer's Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins (who was also slated to direct Mulan at one point).
Disney is also said to be working with Chinese cultural consultants as well as with their China-based team on this film. This is a welcome move as well considering the controversy that went down late last year about the possible white-washing of the film.
The Right Women For The Job
Now that Disney has filled the director's chair, all that's left to do is find the proper cast for this movie. There have been several rumors as to who should play the sword-swinging heroine, but one that has been gaining a lot of buzz is Chinese actress Fan Bing Bing, whom fans may know as Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Another big casting request from the fans has been for Eddie Murphy to return to voice the character Mushu in the live-action adaptation.
Let's face it, there's nobody else that could match the charisma that Murphy put into this role.
Another great casting choice would be for the amazing Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) to land a role as she just so happened to be the voice of Mulan in the original animated feature.
For her to come back and play a character such as Mulan's mother would be an excellent way for her to pass on the torch to whoever succeeds her in the role and it would be an awesome nod to the fans.
With the recent announcement of Caro as director and news that Disney is working to present an authentic Chinese perspective in this film, it appears the studio is making an effort to make sure Mulan is going to the the incredible live-action film it should and show Hollywood once again that you don't need to be a white male to headline a blockbuster.
Does the news of Mulan's director have you excited to see this film?
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[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]