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Disney fans, the live-action remake of Mulan is set to hit cinemas in 2018

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She was, without a doubt, one of the most badass Disney heroines ever to appear on the silver screen.

And now it has been confirmed that Mulan, just like Cinderella and Beauty & The Beast’s Belle before her, is getting her very own live-action remake.

The historical story, based on the legendary Chinese warrior Hua Mulan from the Ballad of Mulan, was first adapted by Disney almost 20 years ago.



In the animated film, Mulan, the only child of ageing warrior Fa Zhou, questions the sexist traditions of matchmaking and marriage – a position which sees her criticised by her parents, and looked down upon by local villagers.

However, when the empire is targeted in a Hun invasion, Mulan takes her father’s place during a general conscription – and soon proves herself to be an agile warrior, skilled strategist, and true hero of China.

The Disney writers, naturally, tweaked the original ballad’s unsavoury ending, which saw Hua Mulan, commit suicide in a desperate bid to avoid a life as a royal concubine.

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Instead, they allowed Mulan to return home in honour and glory – and hinted at a future romance for her and the well-muscled Captain Li Shang.



The writers also, while exploring emotional topics such as loneliness, war, and misogyny, kept things light-hearted and fun.

To do this, they added in a feisty dragon guardian in the form of Eddie Murphy’s Mushu, several gratuitous topless scenes with the well-muscled Captain Li Shang, and one of the best Disney soundtracks ever.

Remember this classic?

Ah, Donny Osmond – your vocals have never been finer.



The movie, which is being fast-tracked, will hit theaters Nov. 2, 2018, and be released in 3D, the studio announced Tuesday.

And the studio is launching a global casting search for a Chinese actress to play the legendary female heroine.

A director for Mulan has yet to be announced. Jason Reed is attached to produce along with Chris Bender and Jake Weiner.

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It’s worth pointing out that Sony have also confirmed that they are planning their own live-action version of Mulan - although theirs is set to follow the slightly more bleak tale of the original ballad.

This could mean we'll be getting two Mulan movies in just a few years – much in the same way as we got two rivalling live-action versions of The Jungle Book in a very short space of time.

What a time to be alive, eh?

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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