Mulan, the new live-action remake coming our way from Disney, just released a new trailer that introduces us to the film’s big bad.
Disney has brought us several exciting, live-action remakes of some of their most beloved cartoons, but with Mulan, it feels like they are really doing something special and different. The live-action Mulan will focus more on Hua Mulan, the legendary warrior, rather than recreate the cartoon.
And in the latest trailer, we don’t just get to learn more about Mulan herself. We also get a look at what we can expect from the movie’s villains.
First of all, can we talk about the amazing martial arts we get to see in this trailer? Liu Yifei kicks so much ass as Mulan and brings so much life and realness to the character.
But we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about one of the big changes to the movie: the villains. In the trailer, we get a peek at Gong Li, a woman the trailer calls “a powerful witch” who also has the ability to turn herself into a bird. She is fighting alongside of Bori Khan, who is ostensibly meant to be the live-action version’s take on the cartoon baddie, Shan Yu.
Of course, the villains weren’t the only changes to the live-action version of Mulan. While the cartoon was a musical, it’s already been revealed that this movie won’t be a musical. However, the trailer is full of nods to the original songs that we all love from the cartoon.
The entire trailer is punctuated with a beautiful, orchestral rendition of “Reflection,” and you BET we noticed them sneak the line, “We’re going to make men out of every single one of you,” into the trailer. (Okay, so the line isn’t as catchy as the song, but loved the wink.) The trailer felt like the perfect mix of nods to our nostalgic feels towards the Mulan cartoon while also getting us ready to experience the story of Mulan in a very realistic way.
This movie looks better and better with every new glimpse we get into the film, and we can’t wait to check out this exciting new take on Mulan’s story. Mulan will open in movie theaters everywhere in March of 2020.