WATCH: Disney’s Mulan Official Trailer

Mulan posterThe full trailer for Disney’s live-action Mulan has been released and it is epic.

The film stars Li Yifei as a courageous young woman who joins the army disguised as a man in order to protect her father, a decision which changes the fate of an entire nation.

As reported by Collider, this version will take certain elements from the 1998 animated classic as well as the narrative poem, “The Ballad of Mulan.” Based on the teaser trailer released a few months ago, and this full trailer and new poster, this adaptation will not be a scene-by-scene recreation of the animated film (like The Lion King and, to a lesser extent, Aladdin) but a different take on the familiar story. As previously reported, the film will not be a musical but music will still play an important role in it (an epic orchestration of “Reflection” plays during the trailer.)

The trailer already shows certain elements that have been retained such as the close relationship between Mulan and her father, the latter’s determination to fight for his country, and his daughter’s momentous decision. Some familiar images are also presented such as Mulan’s comb, the rain of arrows, and the enemy army charging through the mountains.

“We’re gonna make men out of every single one of you,” one of the military leaders tells the new recruits. I’m going to miss the song but the training montage looks impressive and the songs probably would not match the more serious tone of this action drama.

But there are some new and intriguing aspects of the film like the symbolism of the phoenix, shape-shifting birds, the Emperor seemingly playing a more proactive role, and Mulan riding brazenly to face her enemies (her identity clearly revealed.)

Joining Li Yifei in the cast are Donnie Yen , Jet Li (as the Emperor!), Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Tzi Ma, and Rosalind Chao. Niki Caro directed the film, notably one of the few female directors at the helm of a major Disney film.

Gong Li stars as the witch who will be the main antagonist of the film. From her appearance in the trailer, she already proves more fascinating and compelling than Shan Yu ever was. The enemies in general look more menacing than the Huns from the animated film.

The visuals are stunning, the fight choreography thrilling, the costumes lavish, and the story just as powerful as ever. This is the Disney live-action film I am looking forward to the most and from the trailer alone, I am already confident that it will not disappoint.

“I’m Hua Mulan,” our hero declares at the end of the trailer, “I will bring honor to us all.”

I know you will, I know you will.

Mulan will hit theaters on March 27, 2020.

Check out the trailer below: