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Disney's live-action Mulan given 2018 release date

Mulan

Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY has given its live-action remake of animated favourite Mulan a November 2, 2018 release date.

The movie, which is being fast-tracked, is to be released in 3D.

In announcing the release date on Tuesday, Disney also launched a global casting search for a Chinese actress to play Mulan. A director has also yet to be announced.

Like the 1998 animated film, Mulan is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the daughter of an aged warrior who disguises herself as a man in order to take her father’s place in the army and go to war.

Aided by her trusted dragon, Mushu, she becomes a skilled warrior and one of the country’s greatest heroines.

The new script has been adapted from a spec script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (of Jurassic World fame). It is being described as a more nuanced and elaborate adaptation than previous re-tellings, combining the legendary Chinese ballad and the 1998 animated film.

Mulan marks the latest animation to live-action reworking, following on from Disney’s previous successes with Maleficent, The Jungle Book and Cinderella, among other titles.

The company is currently gearing up for the release of the live-action Beauty and the Beast, which opens on March 17, 2017, and is expected to be one of the top-grossing titles of 2017.

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