If you haven’t watched Disney's 1998 animated version Mulan for the better part of two decades, it follows the story of a young woman who dresses as a man in order to take her older father’s place in the Chinese army after the emperor conscripts one man per household to fight—and she becomes a legendary warrior in the process.
The plot is based on the Ballad of Mulan, which dates back to China’s Northern and Southern dynasties (between 420 and 589), and it’s a story that’s been retold in film many times, including in an award-winning 2009 version called Rise of Mulan by a Chinese studio that brought more realism to the tale.
The glimpse of the upcoming Disney live-action remake, out in 2020, opens with Mulan riding a horse across a field, then cuts to her family announcing that the matchmaker has found an auspicious match for her.
It shows audiences the moment when Mulan decides to fill in for her father in the Chinese army by disguising herself as a male soldier, and it includes some serious battle scenes—including the big fight in which she confronts the Huns in the mountains.
On Sunday (July 7), Disney gifted us with the first trailer for Mulan, the latest in its run of live-action remakes of their classic films.
Inject this movie into my veins! https://t.co/SbdyEeL2WO— Glamour (@glamourmag) September 2, 2020