Hearing fans' voices, Hollywood studio announces global casting search for Chinese Mulan
On November 2, 2018, moviegoers will be flocking to theaters to watch a much-anticipated 3D live-action adaptation of Mulan, 20 years after the release of the animated hit. And what's best, Mulan will be played by a Chinese actress, who will be selected by Disney after a soon-to-be-commenced global casting search.
With 104,000 and counting, the signatures on the petition demanding a Chinese actress to play Mulan for the upcoming live-action adaptation seem to have made a difference. Just yesterday, Disney not only announced the release date of their upcoming remake, but made it a point to announce that the lead character, Mulan, would be portrayed by a Chinese actress. With past and recent Hollywood whitewashing being a topic of discussion and discourse for many, there was a concern that another white actress would be chosen to play Mulan. But the people have spoken, and the powers-that-be have listened. Starting very soon, Disney will embark on a global casting search for a Chinese actress to play Mulan, who was 16 years old in the 1998 animated film.
The director has yet to be announced, but Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Jurassic World are rewriting the script. The live-action version will probably be a combination of the legendary Chinese story and the actual animation. Once a director comes on board, and when who will play Mulan gets announced, that's when fans can start to really feel the excitement.
Maybe Hollywood is slowly but surely learning that being diverse is really the only way to go, especially in 2016.
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