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Mulan: watch the latest sweeping trailer for the Disney epic

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Get ready to cry and cheer like it's 1998 again, because the first trailer for Disney's Mulan has surged online.

Hot on the heels of Aladdin and The Lion King, this looks set to recalibrate the family-friendly animation as a sweeping martial arts epic, replete with stunning costumes and extensive battle sequences. Just don't go looking for Eddie Murphy's sidekick character Mushu – somewhat controversially, he's nowhere to be seen.

Set to a variation on the song 'You'll Bring Honour To Us All' (you did spot that, right?), the trailer introduces us to Liu Yifei's Mulan. In a reflection (see what we did there?) of the original, she vows to bring honour to her family by disguising herself as a man and entering a battle against a deadly enemy.

The movie pays homage to the original by including the matchmaker scene, among several others. (We wonder if it'll be as comical this time around.) But the villains have been switched up: the duo of Jason Scott Lee and Gong Li replace the previous film's Shan Yu, portraying the war-mongering Bori Khan and evil witch Xian Lang.

The movie is directed by New Zealand's Niki Caro, no stranger to lensing films that are at one with arresting landscapes. In 2002, she made the critically acclaimed Whale Rider, which centred on the aspirations of a young Maori girl. Caro is working in tandem with cinematographer Mandy Walker, who brought a lush sense of scale to Baz Luhrmann's Australia in 2008.

There are plenty more echoes of the original film, including a variation on the "make a man out of you" line that underpins the ethos of the production. Given the aforementioned Whale Rider focused on a young woman's odyssey in a male-centric environment, it's clear that Caro will be bringing those same topical themes to bear on the new Disney movie.

Mulan is released on the 27th of March 2020. Excited? Let us know @Cineworld.

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