Disney has started teasing the upcoming live-action adaptation of “Mulan,” offering a first-look photo of actor Yifei Liu dressed as the titular character. The film is being directed by Niki Caro and also stars Donnie Yen, Jet Li, and Jason Scott Lee. The live-action adaptation went into production this week, the film is expected to hit theaters on March 27, 2020. Disney rounded out the cast of the film adding Yoson An, Rosalind Chao, Cheng Pei-Pei, and Nelson Lee, the production will be shooting in New Zealand and China.
“Mulan” is just one of several live-action adaptations that Disney has planned. The studio recently released a teaser of the live-action “Dumbo” film that is coming from director Tim Burton. That adaptation is set to hit theaters in March 2019 and will feature Eva Green, Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Alan Arkin, and Lucy DeVito. “Maleficent 2” is also on the schedule, that project is from director Joachim Ronning and stars Angelina Jolie, Ed Skrein, Michelle Pfeiffer, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville. Even further down the line fans can expect a “Cruella” film, starring Emma Stone as the titular character with director Alex Timbers and don’t forget about “Aladdin,” a film from Guy Ritchie that will features Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Billy Magnussen, Mena Massoud, Nasim Pedrad, and Marwan Kenzari.
The live-action franchise has been incredibly popular in theaters. The 2015 hit “Cinderella” made $201M domestically before reaching $543M worldwide and “Beauty and the Beast” made $504M domestically before grossing over $1.2B globally. Even the villains are box-office gold for Disney, “Maleficent” made $241M domestically before it finished its theatrical run with over $758M worldwide, and Disney’s CG films like “The Jungle Book” are also doing well. “The Jungle Book” was directed by Jon Favreau and featured Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson, and Christopher Walken, and reached $966M worldwide in theaters.