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I was going to say “basic necessity” then realized this pun opportunity could not be ignored.
edited 30th Nov '17 4:58:56 PM by Tuckerscreator
There’s a really, really obvious factor in the casting though. Disney is clearly viewing this movie as a redo of the animated movie in China. Not just a retelling, but a straight-up redo, because the animated version bombed.
Having the lead be played by a popular Chinese actress who is specifically popular in China, means they have a leg up in China, they can avoid some of the complaints (a big chunk of the cast will probably be Asian Americans because there can’t be that many Chinese (like, primarily acting in Chinese cinema) actors who are fluent enough in English that they can act convincingly and who are available for the movie, so they can avoid the issue of not using that pool) and if they do the smart thing and get an entirely Asian cast (except maybe for Mushu, because I’d give them a little leeway for voice acting there) the praise they’d get for that would outdo the fear of not having a “bankable” white star. Especially since that’s turning out to be less and less of a thing nowadays.
They need to get Murphy back for Mushu. That's all I want.
edited 1st Dec '17 4:07:37 AM by Kostya
The animated version bombed?
WHAT? This is outrageous? Everyone knows Asians don't exist in Hollywood! I demand a recast to the much more sensible choice of Jennifer Lawrence with Shia Le Boeuf as Shang and Paul Giamatti as Shan Yu!
Seriously though, smart move by Disney. And I hear she's even released a few albums so if this is a musical, we know she can sing.
But were any of those albums in English? Talking in English is one thing. Singing might be another kettle of fish entirely.
Kevin Hart would be a good Mushu. Right size.
How about Peter Dinklage though
In China, Mulan is a heroine and a woman warrior.
In America, she sells Szechuan Sauce!
In Soviet Russia, she and Shang switch roles.
Hey Oh? I think?
I clicked on this because I thought we had a trailer.
We don't even have a trailer for Lion King yet and I think that one is coming out first.
Official trailer #2
Welp, that’s a watch from me.
Might be a heritage bias, but I swear they're doing everything they can to make me root for Team Nomad.
Come to think of it, the leader's name is Genghis Khan-era Mongolian now, vs the Xiongnu reference of the original.
Edited by KnownUnknown on Dec 5th 2019 at 12:35:08 PM
I'm pretty sure it's meant to invoke the Göktürk Khaganate, centuries before the Mongols. They did mainly use Kazakh/Kyrgyz stuntmen to portray the nomads.
I'm surprised Jet Li went full on with the "Old Chinese Emperor" look complete with the fancy facial hair.
Edited by Mizerous on Feb 3rd 2020 at 5:30:43 AM
Kinda ironic. This film was specifically made for the chinese audience but they won't be able to see it due a completely unexpected disaster.
Who knows, the coronavirus outbreak might be handled by release date. Fingers crossed...
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