I actually did not know that star of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ming-Na Wen voiced Fa Mulan in the original Disney animated film Mulan, which was released in 1998. This story follows the daughter of an aged warrior who takes her father's place in the military by disguising herself as a man. She is aided by Mushu a small dragon who accidentally becomes Mulan's protector. She goes on to save China and become a national hero. To this day Wen continues to voice the role for Fa Mulan on Disney Channel's Sofia the First and also the Disney Infinity video games.
In a Facebook interview for Entertainment Tonight, Wen said "I would love to have a part in it in some way," she said. "We'll see -- knock on wood!" and then added that she is already had some "conversations" about having some kind of role in the film. She continued to talk about fans of Mulan who want to see her on the project:
"I know the fans really want it and love it. And some of them even go, 'Well, why don’t you just play Mulan?' And I'm like, 'Yeah, if it's Mulan: The Later Years,'" the 53-year-old actress said with a laugh.
One controversy that came up late last year was the possibility of Mulan having a white male lead, which caused quite the uproar online. Disney later came out to clarify these rumors and stated that the lead would in fact be Chinese and a female. When Entertainment Tonight asked Wen about her choice for the lead she out had one request:
"That she's Chinese in her heritage." She continued, "Even though we're Pan-Asian, it is specifically a Chinese folklore and I really think that someone with that ethnic background [would] really just add more to the story."
So far Disney has done a fantastic job at making sure that their live action remakes incorporate our favorite moments and songs. I doubt they will change their ways going forward with the upcoming films. What or who would you like included in the upcoming Disney Mulan film?
Mulan is scheduled to be released fall 2018.
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Source: Entertainment Tonight