Disney Producer Shares Why Li Shang Will Not Appear In Live-Action ‘Mulan’

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Disney Producer Shares Why Li Shang Will Not Appear In Live-Action ‘Mulan‘. Producer Jason Reed recently spoke with Collider regarding Disney’s latest live-action remake, Mulan. Reed shared why Disney chose to go in a new direction with the film and remove some key characters, particularly the absence of fan favorite character and love interest in the 1998 animated film, Li Shang.

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“We split Li Shang into two characters. One became Commander Tung (Donnie Yen) who serves as her surrogate father and mentor in the course of the movie. The other is Honghui (Yoson An) who is [Mulan’s] equal in the squad,” he shared. “I think particularly in the time of the #MeToo movement, having a commanding officer that is also the sexual love interest was very uncomfortable and we didn’t think it was appropriate.”

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There we have it! Disney seems to be making an effort to be more conscientious about the stories they share and looking for ways to bring new material to the retelling of their classic tales to keep audiences both entertained and surprised. Not sure what the live-action remake will entail? Check out this spoiler free synopsis from Disney:

“Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China’s legendary warrior to life in Disney’s “Mulan,” in which a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.”

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Mulan is set to premiere in theaters March 27th. Tickets are now available for pre-order where tickets are sold.

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