The Mulan live-action remake may not have a key character and fans are NOT happy
But who is going to teach them to be swift as a coursing river?!
Disney is facing some massive backlash from fans after it appears that they cut one of the major characters from the live-action remake of Mulan.
The original 1998 animated movie had Li Shang as the main love interest for Mulan - as well as her commander in the army.
Since the movie was released, many fans claimed that Shang is bisexual - as he appears to be attracted to Mulan when she's disguised as a male soldier, as well as when her identity is revealed.
A casting call for the live acting remake, though, appears to contain some bad news for the character.
The document shows that he's been replaced by a character named Chen Honshu, a fellow soldier who sees Mulan as a rival - and falls in love with her when he finds out she's a woman.
While the casting call was first released last year, fans are only now realising what this means for the role of Li Shang.
And they're not happy one bit.
since li shang THE bisexual king will not be in the mulan live action and instead they're introducing that new problematic character that bullies her up until he finds out she's a woman i don't care about it anymore and i hope it flops pic.twitter.com/HCuL3QivhV
— estef (@tawanbarnes) April 17, 2018
Me when I found out they removed Li Shang from the Mulan live-action remake pic.twitter.com/LiBoJOqlp2
— ∞ (@alyzzabel) April 17, 2018
disney removed bisexual icon li shang from the live action mulan n replaced him with a man who bullies mulan until he finds out she’s a woman. i’m more than disappointed
— kya ☃️ (@softsadsatan) April 17, 2018
everything wrong with the new mulan live action:
no li shang
no mushu or cricky
a witch is the villain
mulan has a sister?
everything was perfect in the first movie. why is there a need for these many changes?
— kat (@katlibra) April 16, 2018
First they add Prince Anders in Aladdin, and now they erase Li Shang from Mulan!? Could you imagine a Cinderella movie without Prince Charming or BatB without the Beast!? Why??? Stop messing with Mulan! pic.twitter.com/5z3Yti9V6Q
— ferdosa (she/her) (@atomicwick) April 16, 2018
It's worth noting, though, that the studio hasn't actually confirmed that the character has been cut - and that the 'new' character's name could be a dupe.
- The Mulan live action remake is due out in 2019