Earlier this year, we spoke with director Niki Caro about her upcoming reimagining of Mulan, one of many live-action remakes in the works at Disney. In light of the white-washing controversies surrounding films like Ghost in the Shell and Death Note, there has been some understandable concern among fans regarding Disney’s remake of their animated classic. But as Caro promised, the studio is committed to casting Chinese actors in the live-action update, and they’ve made good on their word (thus far) today by enlisting actress Liu Yifei (aka Crystal Liu) in the title role.
Director Niki Caro was mysterious as the dark side of the moon about whether or not Disney’s new live-action Mulan movie was going to feature some of the classic songs from the original cartoon. At first, it seemed like there were no musical numbers planned for the movie, but, after some reflection, Caro has revealed that yes, not to worry, the new movie will have music.
It was 5pm on Friday afternoon in Midtown Manhattan, not the most desirable place to be on St. Patrick’s Day in New York City. Director Niki Caro had gone straight from a delayed red eye to a hotel to do interviews for her new historical drama, The Zookeeper’s Wife. Being one of the last people to talk to Caro after a six-hour-long press all day, I didn’t expect the liveliest of conversations. After all, we were talking about a Holocaust movie; how cheery could things get?