No Li Shang in Disney's live action 'Mulan'
First no music, now this? What will our ancestors say?
If you think that it's bad enough that Disney may not feature any of the catchy songs from the original Mulan animated film in the live action remake, then you're going to be enraged to know that Mulan's love interest, General Li Shang will NOT be in the new film either. Shang (and his amazing back muscles) will be replaced by a new male lead character called Chen Honghui.
A Disney casting call for Mulan describes the newcomer as a bit of bully who is "determined to be the best soldier in human history", and who realises that Mulan is his biggest rival. Eventually, "his intense feelings of rivalry turn into something very different, something like love."
"I haven't started [filming] yet so I can't give you any real detail," director Niki Caro told ScreenCrush. "But the budget and the location and the story [are] offering such scope to me for [an] incredible, muscular piece of girly martial arts extravaganza in China. And I can't wait."
Mulan, the woman who saved China and broke gender stereotypes will be portrayed in a "big, girly martial arts epic"? What will our ancestors say? (Dishonour on your whole family, dishonour on you, dishonour on your cow.) This leaves us wondering if we'll get to see any of the other beloved characters from the original at all. You can't have Mulan without a Mushu. Or without I'll Make a Man Out of You.
We'll just let Twitter tell you how we feel. Because getting songs and Shang in Mulan is worth fighting for.
Disney: there will be no songs in the live-action Mulan— Emma (@emmii_young) March 18, 2017
live action mulan will be a flop bc of one reason alone and that's bc we wont be getting live action i'll make a man out of you— glea 💕 (@dreamydxze) March 22, 2017
what's the point of a new mulan if there's none of the og music in it?? those are like, all my fave disney songs— Nia Lovelis (@NiaLovelis) March 21, 2017
Mulan didn't save the whole of china for I'll make a man out of you not to be included in the live action movie— Teenager Notes (@teenagernotes) March 20, 2017
mulan didn't save china to have her live action film be described as a "girly martial arts extravaganza" pic.twitter.com/BYVpb8dU8X— ̗̀ mulan clara ˎˊ (@clehrah) March 20, 2017
lemme get this straight, there's gonna be no songs, General Li Shang is being replaced with a new character...— lia 🥀 (@90spideypool) March 19, 2017
is this even Mulan anymore?! pic.twitter.com/e5uShnsjMR
U BET UR PORK BUNS WE ARE UPSET. DISHONOR. DISHONOR ON YOU. ON YOUR COW. ON MY COW. pic.twitter.com/0GejLMLhHm— Mulan (@MulanLikesRice) March 21, 2017
mulan soundtrack: be a man— becca (@jynersos) March 19, 2017
me: WE MUST BE SWIFT AS THE COURSING RIVER WITH ALL THE FORCE OF A GREAT TYPHOON WITH ALL THE STRENGTH OF A RAG- pic.twitter.com/bFlsTMmSdE
WHAT IS MULAN WITHOUT I'LL MAKE A MAN OUT OF YOU AND REFLECTION AND A GIRL WORTH FIGHTING FOR https://t.co/hEvOHpXKoy— Zeynah Al Hadad (@ZeynahHD) March 19, 2017
Mulan is the literally the best Disney princess, she saved the whole of China and she doesn't even get music in her own film pic.twitter.com/McQYwDUEhK— ㅤ (@MALEKALYCIA) March 18, 2017