The final trailer for Disney’s remake of “Mulan” arrived just before Super Bowl LIV kicked off, and it offers a closer look at the reimagined villains that the Chinese heroine — played by Liu Yifei — will face off against.
In the trailer, we see Jason Scott Lee play Bori Khan, a Hun leader like the vicious Shan Yu from the original Disney animated film. But for this new villain, his invasion is far more personal, promising to take the Imperial City to avenge his father’s death. Alongside him is Xian Lang, played by legendary Chinese actress Gong Li. She is a shapeshifting witch pledged to fight alongside Bori Khan, and who tells Mulan that she will “die pretending to be something you are not.”
The trailer also shows Tzi Ma as Mulan’s father Hua Zhou, who discovers that his daughter has run off to take his place when the army requires a man from every family enlist to defend the land from Bori Khan’s forces. When his wife warns him that she will die in battle, he responds, “If I expose her, our own people will kill her.”
Heavily inspired by China’s wuxia films, the new “Mulan” will not have the sarcastic dragon Mushu that Eddie Murphy made popular in the original Disney film, nor will it have full musical numbers. However, the music from the original Mulan will be a part of the remake’s score, with orchestral versions of songs like “Reflections” made for the film.
Directed by Niki Caro, “Mulan” also stars Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, Rosalind Chao, and Jet Li. The film hits theaters March 27. Watch the trailer above.
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