Well here is another bit of news that fans of the Disney animated film Mulan will not like about the upcoming live action adaptation.
According to reports from the Huffington Post, the beloved Disney classic’s live action adaptation will not feature Li Shang, the Chinese army captain who ends up being Mulan’s love interest in the 1998 film. That is right, the character who sings the iconic song “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” will not be featured in the film.
Who will take up the form of Mulan’s love interest? Well according to the casting call that was shared by @nerdyasians on Twitter, the character will be named Chen Honghui, who has not appeared in any of Mulan’s films before. He is said to be an army recruit who is determined to be the “best soldier in human history” according to the notes. In the film, Mulan is to become his rival and only after he finds out that Ping is actually a woman does “his intense feelings of rivalry turn into something very different, something like love.”
saddened to report it’s basically been confirmed that li shang will not be in the live-action mulan.
the mulan casting call has been confirmed to be accurate. donnie yen was cast as “commander tung,” who is in the description for “chen honghui.”
rest in peace bisexual icon. pic.twitter.com/7El8TDhJg5
— nerdy (@nerdyasians) April 16, 2018
For some, this huge change in characters goes farther than just the story they remember. This is because Shang had been hailed by many as a meaningful bisexual character. This has been theorized by some fans due to his strong bond with Mulan’s male alter ego Ping, who then was revealed as a woman which lead to their official romance. Personally, I just feel that they are taking too many key elements from the film that we all love to watch over and over to please the majority of fans.
This film has already gone through quite a bit of controversy. First there was the rumors about the “white washing” of characters. This was followed by the rumors that there would be no music in the film. Lately we are now wondering if there are even any Huns in the film as the now female lead villain is said to be a witch.
What are your thoughts on all these changes to the animated classic Disney film? Should Disney take a step back and stick to what has already worked? Or do you think it’s wise for them to think out of the box? Let us know in the comment section below!
Disney’s Mulan is set to be released March 27, 2020.
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Source: The Huffington Post