Unlike the Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin remakes, Mulan is reportedly forgoing full-on song and dance in favor of an instrumental score. He's been replaced by Cheng Honghui (played by Yoson An), an ambitious and slightly cocky recruit who's a member of the unit overseen by Commander Tung (Donnie Yen), Mulan's mentor and the leader of the Imperial Regiment. Niki Caro directs, and the film was shot on location in New Zealand and China.
The trailer will debut on Sunday morning (July 7) during Fox's coverage of the Women's World Cup finals.
Mulan is another film on Disney's massive slate of live-action movies. Initially, it was reported that the film would also be a musical, but production made a decision to go in a different direction.
If anything, it harkens back to one of the original posters of the animated film, but this time we don't have a look at any of the supporting characters. Other new images, which you can see below, show Mulan on the battlefield, with her mother and the town matchmaker, and taking on the invading army one-on-one.
Set in ancient China, it follows a young woman, Mulan, played by Crystal Liu, who disguises herself as a warrior to spare her aged father from going into the military. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honoured warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation...and a proud father.
All things considered, then, we're certainly feeling optimistic about this one and we'll no doubt get to see a lot more of it before it hits theaters next year, on March 27th.