The original voice actress of Disney’s “Mulan” in 1998, Ming-Na Wen, has thrown her hat in the casting ring for the new live-action adaptation. Announced March 30, a script from screenwriting team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek has been optioned by Disney to bring the story of legendary Chinese warrior Hua Mulan to a new generation of fans. Wen responded to several fan tweets of support that she should portray the role she originated over 15 years ago.
â€” Ming-Na Wen (@MingNa) March 30, 2015
Wen's Twitter campaign could certainly go viral among Disney and Marvel fans alike. Viewers have recently watched Ming-Na Wen hold down the formidable role of Melinda May in ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Her past credits includes “ER,” “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within” and several stints as the voice of Mulan over the years. Wen most recently reprised her “Mulan” role in a 2014 episode of “Sofia the First,” a kid’s series on the Disney Channel that features a young princess.
Disney Pictures is enjoying a string of crowning box office achievements with its live-action princess adaptations. Last year’s spin on the “Sleeping Beauty” classic, “Maleficent,” earned the studio over $700 million in international box office receipts. The Tim Burton vision of “Alice in Wonderland” sold over a billion in ticket sales worldwide, while its latest hit “Cinderella” is on its way to enjoying a similar haul.
A “Beauty and the Beast” live-action movie is already in production with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens attached. The new “tale as old as time” will debut in theaters March 17, 2017. Tim Burton has also announced he will return to reimagine the story of “Dumbo” for a new audience.
No release date (or plans to make a Marvel-like crossover universe with Disney Princesses) has been set for the new “Mulan” movie.