The original voice of the titular character from Disney’s 1998 Mulan, Ming-Na Wen, hopes to be involved in the live action remake.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, she mentions her excitement for the live action remake seeing that Disney has done well with them, such as the recent movies Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. There has also been talk amongst fans as to why Wen couldn’t simply be Mulan for the remake, and she jokes that it would only be “if it’s Mulan: The Later Years.”
Aside from involvement in the film, she also requests one other thing: “that [the actress is] Chinese in heritage.” She continues on by saying “Even though we’re Pan-Asian, it is specifically a Chinese folklore and I really think that someone with that ethnic background [would] really just add more to the story.”
Mulan is based on an ancient Chinese folklore of a female warrior name Hua Mulan who joins the Imperial Army secretly in her father’s stead in the guise of a man. In the animated film, she helps her troop emerge victorious against the Huns and saves the emperor and all of China. This made Mulan a national hero and she was heralded with the highest honor.
Wen currently stars in Marvel’s Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D as Melinda May. She also continues to voice Mulan in Disney’s Sofia the First and for the Disney Infinity games.
Watch Entertainment Tonight’s interview with Ming-Na Wen here, and let us know in the comments below if you think Wen should be involved in the live action remake.
Source: Entertainment Tonight