Li Shang, the love interest of the titular character in the Disney film Mulan, may not make an appearance in the live-action remake of the animated film.
A post from Twitter user @nerdyasians of what appears to be an accurate image of the casting call for the film has recently gone viral, Bustle reports.
saddened to report it’s basically been confirmed that li shang will not be in the live-action mulan.
the mulan casting call has been confirmed to be accurate. donnie yen was cast as “commander tung,” who is in the description for “chen honghui.”
rest in peace bisexual icon. pic.twitter.com/7El8TDhJg5
— nerdy (@nerdyasians) April 16, 2018
In the image, there is a description of a character named Chen Honghui, who will apparently be Mulan’s love interest in the film.
This news has been met with much criticism especially since many fans regard Li Shang as a bisexual icon, as the Huffington Post reports.
The description of new character Chen Honghui reads, “Grittily determined to be simply the best at everything, Honghui is increasingly peeved by Mulan’s ability to match or out-maneuver him, but after learning that his rival is a woman, his intense feelings of rivalry turn into something very different, something like love.”
Honghui’s relationship with Mulan is notably different to that of Shang’s, with Shang already having a bond with Mulan before discovering that she is a woman.
This is not the first time that news from the live-action remake of Mulan has been met with controversy. There have been previous rumors of the film being whitewashed, which were later proved false, and that the film may not be a musical.
Rumors of the film not being released as a musical may also be false due to director Niki Caro telling the Hollywood Reporter last year that they are “still exploring the role that music’s going to play in it, but for sure there will be music,” but to what extent music will be involved has not yet been specified.
In addition to the introduction of Honghui, the film will reportedly include Mulan’s sister as well as a new witch character set to play the villain.
The film was originally slated for a 2018 release but has since been pushed back to March 27, 2020.
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