Mulan is back! Disney drops first trailer for martial-arts packed live-action remake of classic animated movie
Disney dropped the first trailer for its action-packed live remake of 1998 animated classic Mulan on Sunday.
It premiered during the Women's World Cup final, which the US team won 2-0 against the Netherlands.
And the new film looks every bit as exciting — and beautiful — as the original cartoon.
Set in ancient China, it follows a young woman, Mulan, played by Crystal Liu, who disguises herself as a warrior to spare her aged father from going into the military.
It starts with Mulan joining her family for a meal as her father tells her the matchmaker has found her a suitable husband. 'It is what is best for our family,' he says.
Mulan looks upset but is outwardly submissive as she replies: 'Yes, I will bring honor to us all.'
Her mother lists all the qualities that make a good wife: 'Quiet, composed, graceful, disciplined. These are the qualities we see in Mulan.'
However the film shows quite another side to her daughter, who proves to be a martial arts powerhouse.
For 'quiet' she is seen tiptoeing around in the dark; for 'composed' she is seen practicing with a sword, perfecting it as the word 'graceful' intones.
Things heat up with the word 'disciplined' when the action cuts first to a parade ground and then to a battle where she charges the enemy on horseback.
In the heat of battle, her skills are put to full use as she climbs over the rooftops of the village and takes on invading soldiers. 'It is my duty to fight,' she says fiercely over the scenes.
The original Mulan grossed more than $300 million worldwide.
The new version is directed by Niki Caro and the cast includes Jet Li as the Emperor of China and New Zealand actor Yoson An as Chen Honghui, Mulan's ally and love interest.
Also among the cast are Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee and Gong Li.
Shot on location in New Zealand and China, Mulan will hit theaters on March 27, 2020.