We’re Screaming Internally: Disney’s Live-Action Mulan Replaced Mushu

Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan is making some startling changes to the original animated film, like abandoning Mushu entirely.

The DisInsider, which cited a source who saw an early screening of the live-action Mulan, claimed that the comedic dragon played by Eddie Murphy has been replaced by a phoenix.

In March 2019, fans were under the impression that Kevin Hart would play the role of Mushu. However, it seems that Disney swerved away from that idea entirely.

The DisInsider report also revealed that the actors didn’t sing any of the classic animated songs. The iconic music played as instrumentals, but nobody sang along. Most fans expected this, however. In March 2017, director Niki Caro ruffled feathers when she said that Mulan would not be a musical. “From what I understand, no songs right now,” she told Moviefone, “much to the horror of my children.”

Instead, Caro describes that the live-action Mulan will be a “big, girly martial arts epic” based mainly on the traditional Chinese ballad.

As of yet, Disney has not confirmed any of these potential changes. We’ll just have to see what the new Mulan will become when it released on March 27, 2020.