For most comic book fans, Ming-Na Wen is the Cavalry, Melinda May on Agents of SHIELD. But before that, she was the girl who saved China, the voice of the lead character in the 1998 Walt Disney animated classic Mulan.
Mulan is now on the list of animated films that Disney is planning to adapt to live-action following the success of The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast. Would Wen be interested and willing to make a an appearance in the live-action movie? Has she already been asked?
"All of the above," Wen said during a panel at Heroes & Villains Fest in Nashville on Saturday. "I'm hoping. I mean, I've spoken to one of the producers on the film, and they're still in the very early stages of it. So, we're keeping an eye on it, and hopefully, yeah, It would be lovely too, I think, for the fans as well as for myself, right?
"So, I want everybody to Tweet, later on, today, to Disney and let them know how you feel," Wen joked.
The Mulan live-action movie will be directed by Niki Caro. The casting process for the lead character is already underway. Chris Bender, J. C. Spink and Jason Reed are producing. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World) rewrote the most recent version of the script, which was originally written by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek when Disney first put the project in motion in 2015.
There was some controversy around the project when Martin and Hynek's early script was leaked and revealed a story focusing on a white merchant who falls in love with Mulan. Disney has since stated that the script was at most a "jumping off point" and that the story has been heavily rewritten and will star all Chinese actors.
The live-action Mulan is currently scheduled for release on Nov. 8, 2018.
Disney made a previous attempt at a live-action Mulan movie in the early 2000s. Zhang Ziyi was attached to star and Chuck Russell to direct. Filming was to begin in October 2010, but the project was scrapped before then.0comments
In the original Mulan, based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) takes his spot -- though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve. She cleverly impersonates a man and goes off to train with fellow recruits. Accompanied by her dragon, Mushu (Eddie Murphy), she uses her smarts to help ward off a Hun invasion, falling in love with a dashing captain along the way.
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