Disney has been on a tear lately, producing well received live-action remakes of their animated classics. Recently, though, the studio came under fire when a rumor started circulating that its upcoming live-action “Mulan” film would include a white love interest for the titular hero.
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A report on a draft of an early script for the feature revealed that the story involved a “30-something European trader” who decides to help defend China against invasion after falling in love with Mulan.
In reaction, fans and creators alike took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with this development. Since then, however, a report from Vulture assures fans that this will not be the case.
“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,” an anonymous Disney source told Vulture. “Mulan is and will always be the lead character in the story, and all primary roles, including the love interest, are Chinese.”
Discussion over white-washing in Hollywood has been particularly prominent lately, whether criticizing superhero movies or cinematic anime adaptations. Fortunately, evidence indicates that this will not be the case with “Mulan”, the most prominent Chinese character in Disney’s pantheon. And with the immediate reaction to the initial rumors, it’s obvous that people are paying attention, and the conversation is far from over.
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