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Cast member Xana Tang – who plays Mulan’s younger sister, Hua Xiu – compared the impact the film’s all-Asian cast could have to 2018 comedy Crazy Rich Asians, which was widely seen as unprecedented in terms of its representation.
“It’s a step in the right direction and when people watch it, it’s going to make sense and it’s not going to be something like, ‘Oh, that’s odd, that they’re all Asian’,” she said.
Mulan is the latest in a long line of Disney remakes, which have so far seen The Lion King, Aladdin, Dumbo, Beauty And The Beast and The Jungle Book so far reimagined for new audiences.
Others currently in the works include a new version of The Little Mermaid, with Grammy-nominated singer Halle Bailey in the lead role, as well as an origin story for 101 Dalmatians’ Cruella De Ville, in which Emma Stone will play the iconic villain.
Mulan will be released in the UK on 27 March.