UPDATE 12:50 PM EST: A source close to the movie told Vulture that Disney did indeed purchase the Mulan spec script with the white male lead but has no intention of using that take, explaining:
"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. Mulan is and will always be the lead character in the story, and all of the primary roles, including the love interest, are Chinese."
Jurassic World writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are working the current version.
We can't wait to see how they mansplain themselves out of this one…
Disney has found huge success with live action remakes, thanks to Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book, so it's no surprise they're already doing too much with the genre.
While reboots of The Lion King, Aladdin, and Beauty & The Beast were more or less welcomed, the most anticipated of the bunch just found itself an unlikely controversy.
That's because it was just revealed that the first draft of Disney's live-action Mulanactually features a white male lead in place of the historically Chinese female hero!
For some reason or other, The Legend of Mulan writers Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin want their teenaged Mulan to be saved by a 30-year-old European man… and the Internet is not taking the whitewashing lightly!
Luckily, an anonymous industry insider outed the proposed plotline in a guest blog post with Angry Asian Manon Monday, saying:
"As an Asian-American person in the industry, I am furious after reading this script. I am writing this letter anonymously so all the fans anticipating this remake will know how problematic it is in its current form. We must urge the creators of Disney's live-action Mulan to reconsider the story before the film goes into production. …
I am deeply disturbed that a remake of the beloved Disney classic rejects the cultural consciousness of its predecessor by featuring a white male lead, once again perpetuating the myth that cultural stories are not worth telling without a western lens or star. Instead of seizing the opportunity to highlight a tenacious, complex female warrior, this remake diminishes her agency."
We couldn't agree more. NOT cool.
Not only are we deeply upset Disney wants to replace hottie Li Shang — as Asian men are so poorly represented in media…
But how are you going to take the fight away from Mulan herself??