Let us get down to business, not to defeat the Hans, but to tackle the Mulan live-action cast. Will Disney stay true to the characters’ roots?
Following the success of Disney’s animated films turned into movie like Maleficent, The Jungle Book, and Cinderella, another animated hit is going to get a live-action adaptation – Mulan, the Chinese legend based from Fa Mulan.
However, casting for the 1998 Disney hit continues to stir concern from fans. After the studio announced the adaptation, fans urged Disney not to whitewash the beloved movie.
It is a safe bet that Disney would cast a Chinese actress to play the titular hero because Mulan is Chinese. But Hollywood has been tagged for allegedly whitewashing movies. Some of these films include Pan, Ghost in the Shell and The Last Airbender as cited by Natalie Molnar.
As a pre-emptive, Molnar launched a petition urging Disney not cast Caucasian actors but instead to stay true to the characters’ roots. To date, over 106,000 people have signed the petition. The effort did not go to waste because Disney confirmed that Mulan will get a Chinese actress.
Disney is doing a global casting call for a Chinese actress to play the titular hero. This news let the fans breathe a sigh of relief. But not long after, another Mulan live-action cast is in danger to be whitewashed.
Rumors surfaced that a white actor will play the male lead. This news broke out after someone who claimed to have read Mulan’s spec script posted anonymously to the website Angry Asian Man. According to the post, a “30-something European trader” falls in love with Mulan and helps defend China.
The site tweeted to ask for anyone from the industry who have read the draft to back it up.
The Space: Above and Beyond actor Joel dela Fuenta wrote a reply on Twitter, “I can back you up on what you’re saying. I confirm everything you said about that draft.”
This caused uproar from fans.
Apparently, the spec script is only a “jumping-off point” for a new take on the story and will not be the official script for the final adaptation. This said draft is both a combination of the literary ballad and the 1998 animated film.
They also confirmed that Mulan “is and will always be the lead character in the story.” Also, the rest of the Mulan live-action cast, including primary roles and her love interest, will be played by Chinese actors.
The pair behind Jurassic World’s script, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, is attached to rewrite Mulan’s spec script. A director for the adaptation is yet to be announced while Jason Reed, Chris Bender and Jack Weiner will produce.
Mulan will hit theatres on Nov. 2, 2018.
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