The live-action version of the 1998 Disney movie Mulan is slowly going underway and Disney is already on the hunt on who to have on board as part of the cast. However, a speculation of having a white European sailor character supposedly saving China’s heroine has angered many fans and resulted in a petition.
It all started when a draft of the screenplay was leaked online, revealing that the story for the live-action adaptation would not be about Mulan’s journey to protect her family and save China. Instead it is a story about a white European man saving Mulan and the two of them falling in love. Not exactly the kind of story many Asians remember from watching the movie.
This all resulted in the creation of the twitter hashtag #MakeMulanRight in support of not bringing in a white actor in the cast of the live-action Mulan movie. Actor Joel de La Fuente expressed his support with this hashtag as did Glee and Shadowhunters actor Harry Shum, Jr. The website 18MR even released a petition to stop the possible whitewashing and so far it has nearly 15, 500 signatures.
Oanh-Nhi Nguyen of 18MR stated that the biggest issue with the leaked draft is that it implies that the traditional Asian stories are not able to stand on their own if not whitewashed. Nguyen also said that Disney’s attempt at making the cast of the live-action Mulan movie all Asian is not enough and that they also need to hire an Asian or an Asian-American to the writing team.
Other complaints were with the supposed white lead stealing focus from the Chinese heroine. A similar issue was faced when the movie The Great Wall featured Matt Damon and the upcoming Ghost in the Shell live-action movie adaptation has actress Scarlett Johansson as the lead.
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