Asian American actress Ming-Na Wen who was the original voice actress of Disney’s beloved warrior princess Mulan back in 1998 has coyly suggest that she could somehow be involved in the new live-action remake.
In an exclusive interview with EW, when the actress was asked about returning to the new iteration, she neither confirms nor deny the question but replied with a laugh saying “I can’t say! What is it that [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-creator] Jed Whedon always says? It’s so funny… ‘I can neither confirm nor deny.’ So, yeah!”
Seeing from her evasive way of reply, it seems to imply that the 54-year-old actress may have a role in the upcoming movie – well at least, the possibility is there. Not to mention, 3 years ago when “Mulan” live action was first announced, Wen told Comic Book that she would love to be a part of the live action version.
“I certainly hope to participate in some form with the film. That would be great, and I hope they have a great storyline, and they respect that particular folklore because it is a very important one for the Chinese community. I just love the idea, with anything that Disney wants to expand on Mulan. I hope I get a part in it,” the “Joy Luck Club” actress said.
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Production has begun on Disney’s live-action “Mulan”! . . The film will open in U.S. theaters on March 27, 2020. Liu Yifei was cast as Hua Mulan following a year-long global casting search. . . Joining her in the film are: Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ron Yuan, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Cheng Pei-Pei, Nelson Lee, Chum Ehelepola, with Gong Li, and Jet Li. #Mulan
If Wen really does have a role in the new “Mulan”, fans are hoping that she plays the role of Mulan’s mother Fa Li. But some people have speculated that fellow “Joy Luck Club” actress Rosalind Chao will be playing the role even though there’s no particular confirmation on that.
Anyway, since “Mulan” is slated to be released in 2020, there’s still time for Disney to develop the story and add in new character like how they did for Mulan’s love interest and villain role. So perhaps Wen will be playing a special role or a new character in the movie. (You never know!)
“Mulan” will feature American-Chinese actress Liu Yi Fei in the titular role. Different from the original, the remake removes the role of General Li Shang who is Mulan’s love interest in the animation movie and replaces it with a new character named Chen Honghui played by Yoson An.
Other cast involved in the movie include Jet Li, Gong Li, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Jimmy Wong, Doua Moua, Chen Tang, Tzi Ma, Cheng Pei-pei, and more. The movie is scheduled to be released in America on 27th March 2020.