WARNING: Spoilers ahead.
- The live-action remake of animated classic, Mulan, is now streaming on Disney+.
- This version stars Liu Yifei as the titular hero, but it also includes a cameo from Ming-Na Wen, who voiced the character in the 1998 version.
- Viewers reacted with surprise on Twitter.
Disney's live-action remake of Mulan includes a big surprise for fans of the original film: There's a cameo from Ming-Na Wen, the actress who voiced the leading warrior in the 1998 animated version.
At the end of the 2020film, after Hua Mulan (played by Liu Yifei) defeats the villainous invader Bori Khan and thus saves all of China, she is presented to the emperor (Jet Li) and the people of the Imperial City by a woman played by Wen. As the two make their way down the lustrous aisle of the emperor's palace, an instrumental of "Reflection" plays in the background, adding another nostalgic touch to the scene.
Wen's surprise appearance was sadly short-lived, but viewers nonetheless celebrated the cameo on Twitter.
ming na wen in the mulan remake is THE 👏🏾 BEST 👏🏾 CAMEO 👏🏾 APPEARANCE 👏🏾 EVER. pic.twitter.com/0UJmtfKJqL— Karmeeleon (@kdawg2902) September 5, 2020
Ming Na Wen (1998 Mulan) introducing 2020 Mulan. I didn’t expect this cameo. Reflection as background music. Perfect. pic.twitter.com/Js4sML66fM— the_Hguy (@thehaniff) September 5, 2020
MING NA WEN!! MING NA WEN!!!! OH MY GOD!!!!! MING!!! NA!!!!! WEN!!!!!! OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!! #mulan— Margarita Ylo (@margarita_ylooo) September 4, 2020
Ok that Ming Na Wen cameo got me surprised pic.twitter.com/oTmJZ1sKV3— Chris (@KochoVibes) September 4, 2020
Just finished watching the new Mulan movie and I was so shocked to see a cameo from @MingNa !!! She was the actress who originally voiced Mulan in the animated movie ❤️!— MyOhMy (@DaisiesOh) September 4, 2020
Overall, the new 2020 Mulan was great ! Although I still wished there was Mushu 🤣🐉!#Mulan #MingNaWen pic.twitter.com/jpi3pqfedR
Wen attended the premiere for the live-action Mulan in March, when it was originally intended to hit theaters, and looked back on celebrating the release of the original over 20 years ago.
"Two premieres, 22 years apart, celebrating the beautiful story of Fa Mulan," she wrote on Instagram at the time. "I am so grateful to @disney for keeping the folklore of this Chinese woman warrior alive with this marvelous live-action film."
Reflecting on her character's legacy and impact, she also told Entertainment Weekly in 2018, "It’s incredible to meet these people and have them tell me their stories of how it’s influenced them and inspired them [because] they don’t feel like they were represented, which was something I never thought about because all I thought about was this folklore. Now when you see the Disney princesses, they’re all very independent and they don’t need someone to save them — that’s the legacy of Mulan, which is wonderful.”
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