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Here's Why Li Shang Is Not in the 'Mulan' Live-Action Movie

Here's Why Li Shang Is Not in the 'Mulan' Live-Action Movie

The live-action version of Mulan is hitting theaters in one month and a beloved character from the animated Disney film will not be featured.

Li Shang, the captain who becomes Mulan’s love interest, is not a character in the live-action movie directed by Niki Caro.

“We split Li Shang into two characters. One became Commander Tung (Donnie Yen) who serves as her surrogate father and mentor in the course of the movie. The other is Honghui (Yoson An) who is [Mulan’s] equal in the squad,” producer Jason Reed said in an interview with Collider. “I think particularly in the time of the #MeToo movement, having a commanding officer that is also the sexual love interest was very uncomfortable and we didn’t think it was appropriate.”

BD Wong, the actor who voiced Li Shang in the animated movie, recently opened up about the movie.

“I’m interested in it. I feel no ownership over the original movie,” BD told EW. “I’m very proud to have been in that movie. It was one of the last movies they made where they actually drew the pictures, it was at the frontier of a time when Asian-American actors claiming Asian roles in voiceover became a thing. In a way that was really foreign to people before that, to have so many of the lead parts in that movie be played by Asian actors.”

READ MORE: Mushu Isn’t in Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Remake – Find Out Why!

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