A new report suggests Disney's live-action remake of Mulan will feature include the fan-favorite anthropomorphic dragon Mushu.
The studio has found commercial and critical success in transforming animated classics like The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast into live-action blockbusters, and upcoming releases like Jon Favreau's The Lion King and Niki Caro's Mulan hope to continue that trend. Although there will reportedly be a new villain and a new love interest for Caro's remake, it appears Mulan's beloved companion Mushu may yet make the jump to live-action.
Although Caro's movie was originally thought to be based more on the Chinese folktale of Hua Mulan, the studio may have had a change of heart. According to The DisInsider, the fiery guardian of the Fa Family will once again have a prominent role in Mulan. The live-action movie may differ from the animated original, but outlet's source suggests Mulan's loyal companion and some of the 1998 film will feature in some capacity.
Mushu was famously voiced by Eddie Murphy in the 1998 film, and provided comic relief to the adventure as he accompanied Mulan on her journey. With Mushu going on to appear in the likes of Mulan II, House of Mouse and a rumored cameo in Ralph Breaks the Internet, it makes sense that Disney would want to include the side-splitting sidekick.
Directed by Niki Caro, Mulan stars Yifei Liu, Donnie Yet, Jet Li, Jason Scott Lee, Li Gong, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Yoson An, Xana Tang, Pei-Pei Cheng and Ron Yuan. The film opens March 27. 2020.