Disney’s live-action “Mulan,” previously dated for Nov. 2, 2018, has been pushed to March 27, 2020, Disney announced on Thursday.
Niki Caro is directing the film, which stars Chinese actress Liu Yifei as the titular character. Jason Reed, Chris Bender and Jake Weiner producing, and Bill Kong is executive producing.
Last year, a petition circulated which urged Disney to cast an Asian actress in the part of Mulan in its forthcoming live-action remake, and sought to prevent a “whitewashed” version of the iconic character.
Disney’s live-action version of the classic Disney tale comes on the heels of various revival projects like “The Jungle Book” and “Beauty and the Beast,” both of which grossed over $1 billion worldwide. “Beauty and the Beast” grossed $174.8 million its opening weekend alone. A remake of “The Lion King” is one of many upcoming live-action projects.
The animated “Mulan,” released in 1998, was based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan and was directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook. It grossed $304.3 million worldwide after earning $22.7 million its opening weekend.
Disney also dated six more Marvel projects after “Avengers 4,” up to July 2022. Marvel’s next film, “Avengers: Infinity War,” moved up a week, from May 4 to April 27.