When news started to buzz that Disney was “whitewashing” their live-action remake of Mulan, people were seriously peeved. Sparking a #MakeMulanRight hashtag, fans took to the Internet to express their displeasure, disappointment and downright rage. Well, the folks over at Disney heard the collective outcry, and a source has now responded to the controversy.
With Angry Asian Man reporting that an early version of the Mulan script had a “30-something European trader” falling in love with the iconic main character, fighting for her and basically stealing her thunder, fans were FREAKING OUT!
Now, though, Vulture is reporting that the “spec script was a jumping-off point for a new take on the story that draws from both the literary ballad of Mulan and Disney’s 1998 animated film,” according to a source, and since buying that script, Disney has hired new writers, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Jurassic World), to tackle any possible changes.
So they may in fact have had a white dude slipped in there, but it’s not the final script, so things can still be changed if necessary. And the outcry seems to show that it’s very necessary.
Though the source continued, “Mulan is and will always be the lead character in the story, and all primary roles, including the love interest, are Chinese.”
Along with that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney “promises” to conduct a “global casting search” to find a Chinese actress to play Mulan.
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(h/t Vulture; photos via Disney)