1:53pm PT by Pamela McClintock, Aaron Couch
Live-Action 'Mulan' Pushed Back More Than a Year to Spring 2020
Director Niki Caro's live-action Mulan is getting a new release date: March 27, 2020, Disney announced Thursday.
The movie was originally set to open in theaters Nov. 2, 2018, but it took more than a year to find the film's star, Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, after an extensive worldwide search that concluded with her hire last November. The studio has long been aware that it wouldn't meet the first release date.
A team of casting directors visited five continents and saw nearly 1,000 candidates for Disney's retelling of the classic 1998 animated musical hit Mulan.
Disney also made a host of other changes to its release calendar, including moving up the release of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War by a week to April 27, and announcing that its untitled Christopher Robin project will be officially called Christopher Robin.
The studio also removed Nicole, starring Anna Kendrick as a female Santa Claus, from the calendar. It had been set for Nov. 8, 2019, and sources say Disney plans to include the film on its upcoming streaming service, which it plans to launch in 2019.
Finally, Disney dated no fewer than 25 untitled projects through February 2023, including 16 live-action movies, six more Marvel films and three animated pics, including two from Pixar.
On the Marvel front, Disney moved up an untitled film to July 31, 2020 (from a previous date of Aug. 7, 2020) and carved out dates for six other untitled Marvel movies: May 7, 2021; July 30, 2021; Nov. 5, 2021; Feb. 18, 2022; May 6, 2022; and July 29, 2022.