Disney's Live-Action Mulan Will Have All-Asian Cast
Walt Disney Pictures assures that new live-action feature will not include any white cast members.
Hollywood doesn't necessarily have the best track record with choosing the most diverse casts. Particularly with Asian representation, execs have been scrutinized for casting white leads for an Asian part, outraging several fans.
For the upcoming rendition of Mulan, fans have come forward fighting against the casting of a white male lead. Recently, someone who claimed to have access to the Mulan script purchased by Disney reportedly said that the draft includes a "30-something European trader" who helps the Chinese Imperial Army after falling in love with Mulan. YUP, you read that correctly. Replacing Li Shang with a white guy.
Since the purchase of the script, Walt Disney hired writers Amanda Silver (Jurassic World) and Rick Jaffa to work on the film. After this news, Vulture pleased fans by reporting that the film will feature an Asian love interest after all. "The spec script was a jumping-off point for a new take on the story that draws from both the literary ballad of Mulan and Disney's 1998 animated film," the source says. "Mulan is and will always be the lead character in the story, and all primary roles, including the love interest, are Chinese."
Following the report that Disney's live action remake of Mulan would star a white male lead in the "white savior" cinematic trope, the studio has apparently promised that the remake would actually feature an all-Asian cast. According to Vulture, whose sources were responding to the open letter shared by the Angry Asian Man blog, the studio believes that "Mulan is and will always be the lead character in the story, and all primary roles, including the love interest, are Chinese."
To be fair, Disney has begun a worldwide search for a Chinese actress to play Mulan. What we are hoping (as fans) is that they are able to cast an actress with true Chinese heritage to play the role, and steer clear of the "interchangeable Asian" trope that plagues Hollywood.
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