Ming-Na Wen, the voice behind the 1998 Disney classic Mulan, might appear in the upcoming live-action remake for good measure.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star hinted at a cameo when asked if she would return to the franchise in some way.
“I can’t say!” Wen told the outlet laughing. “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!”
Wen’s excitement might be a good sign, but otherwise, she is confident that the remake will live up to its predecessor.
“Disney has done such an amazing job with the other live-action [remakes], and I love them all, like ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Cinderella,’ and ‘Maleficent.’ So I’m definitely excited that they chose ‘Mulan’ of all the other great Disney movies to turn into live-action. I think they’ll do a great job with it, and it’s great to keep that legacy alive.”
“Asians are really hot right now in Hollywood — thank goodness — because of ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’” she said. “I’m definitely proud of films like ‘The Joy Luck Club,’ being a part of that [and] being there to represent Asian American communities. It’s beyond wonderful to finally have such success, and crossover success, internationally across a spectrum of people. That’s what it’s about.”
“With Hollywood, a lot of times it’s more about economy, so the economics of it is if you make money, they will come to you. The fact that [studios] can make money from representing us in a positive way rather than a stereotypical way is such a leap forward,” Wen added.
Mulan, starring Liu Yifei as the legendary female warrior, opens on Mar. 27, 2020. Other cast members include Donnie Yen (Commander Tung), Jet Li (Emperor of China) Gong Li (a new villain) and Yoson An (Mulan’s love interest, Chen Honghui), to name a few.
Niki Caro known for “The Zookeeper’s Wife” will direct the movie based on the script written by Rick Jaffa (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), Amanda Silver (“Jurassic World”), and Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin (“Christmas Perfection”), ComicBook.com noted.
Are you excited to see Mulan?