Mulan live action movie has been the talk of the town since Disney announced the project. The studio faced its share of criticism for the casting of the movie. The story comes from the Chinese legendary tale of a warrior princess.
The prime premise of the tale is set in China with the legendary story of Hua Mulan. The tale is to be made into a live-action movie. The first feature of Mulan was released in 1998 by Walt Disney Animation. Controversy regarding the Mulan live action arose as news got out that the makers were planning to include white actors in the movie.
Mulan Live-Action Controversy
Disney had to face a lot of criticisms during their initial decision of casting white actors. Jennifer Garner and Zac Efron were in the running to play the leads. Things went awry when a blogger released some information of a leaked script which is titled The Legend of Mulan.
The leaked script carries a plot which involves a white male who joins the Chinese Imperial Army as he has fallen in love with Mulan. However, the studio tries to save face by saying the script is not intended to hit the floors but the damage was done. Petitions were filed to look for Chinese or Asian leads for Mulan live action.
Disney Calls for Asian Actors
Disney is now calling for auditions with the deadline set on Dec. 6, reports Northwest Asian Weekly. The studio is calling for 18 to 20-year-old actors who can speak English. The audition also calls for only those who will be staying in China. A male actor for Chen Honghui’s role is being auditioned for and the deadline is approaching soon.
Requirements include being athletic, tough, and energetic. Potential participants have to apply by May 1, 2017 and must be available April through October of 2017.
The most favorite pick for the Chinese lead is Jamie Chung. She is playing a role in ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Other choices for the role in the Mulan live action movie are Chinese actresses Zhang Ziyi and Fan Bingbing, singer Celina Jade, Chinese-American Malese Jow, and “Pacific Rim” star Rinko Kikuchi.
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