The red carpet premiere for Disney’s live-action adaptation Mulan happened in Hollywood on March 9th, 2020. And then the COVID-19 lockdowns rolled in just a few days later, and Mulan disappeared faster than Li Shang’s name in the first draft of the script. Mulan was scheduled for release in theaters nationwide on March 27th, but the coronavirus made sure that didn’t happen. Every big release that was scheduled for 2020 has been put on hold, while studios pray for a box office miracle for whatever movie theaters still exist to open back up. But Disney clearly doesn’t want to play the waiting game like that, and they’ve decided to premiere Mulan onto their digital streaming service, Disney+.
Disney’s live-action Mulan doesn’t come out until March 27, 2020, but since Mickey Mouse is a greedy, money-grubbing whore who wants you to stretch and exercise your fingers for when you need to pull out your credit card and type in the number to pre-order tickets, the first teaser trailer was released today. And while some morons are screaming, “Oh, so a black woman can take a role from a white ginger half-fish, but Mulan can’t be played by a white woman, like Emma Stone let’s say!” (oh, silly morons, Emma Stone IS Asian), others are running down to urgent care to get their eyesight and hearing checked, because they didn’t see an annoying sidekick dragon or hear Mulan croon about seeing her reflection.
Back in 1998, Disney did the world a solid by inadvertently creating a hunky bisexual icon when they had Li Shang get the under-tunic-feels for Mulan, even though he thought she was a dude. With their planned live-action remake, Disney appears to be asking for take-backsies on the bisexuality because a casting call indicates that they are swapping out the character of Li Shang for some super straight dude named Chen Honghui.