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'Mulan' Director Niki Caro Shares Why They Decided Not To Include Mushu In Live Action Movie

Niki Caro is opening up more about the live action version of Mulan, which is set to premiere this week on Disney+, particularly about why Mushu isn’t in it.

The director, alongside star Yifei Liu, explained that why the dragon isn’t featured in the new movie, he is represented in several ways.

“We were very inspired about what Mushu brought to the animation which was humor and levity,” she says. “The challenge was to bring that to Mulan’s real relationships with her fellow soldiers.”

Niki continued, “Mushu, beloved as that character is in the animation, was Mulan’s confidante, and part of bringing it to live action is to commit to the realism of her journey. And she had to make those relationships with her fellow soldiers.”

Previously, producer Jason Reed shared that the creative team had a lot of conversations about including the popular animated animal.

This other character from the animated version won’t be appearing in the live action film either.

Disney Delays 'Mulan' Release Moments After Cast Attends UK Premiere

Disney has decided to push back the release date for Mulan amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

The live-action remake of the classic animated film was scheduled to be released on March 27, but now the studio does not have a release date for the movie, according to Deadline.

Moments before the announcement was made on Thursday (March 12), actress Yifei Liu and director Niki Caro joined the film’s cast at the UK premiere in London, England.

Also in attendance were Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, and Ron Yuan. Earlier in the week, the cast walked the red carpet at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere.

Make sure to check out a list of all the events, movies, and more that are being postponed or cancelled.

FYI: Yifei is wearing an Elie Saab gown.

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Donnie Yen, Jet Li, & More 'Mulan' Stars Step Out for L.A. Premiere

Donnie Yen and Jet Li look handsome while stepping out for the premiere of Mulan on Monday (March 9) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The guys were joined by co-stars Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Nelson Lee, Jun Yu, Jimmy Yong, Doua Moua, Ron Yuan, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Xana Tang, and Chen Tang.

The film’s star Yifei Liu looked stunning in a gold gown at the event. Make sure to check out our other post on her epic look!

The live-action version of Mulan will hit theaters on March 27. The movie was directed by Niki Caro, who was also seen on the carpet.

FYI: Yifei is wearing an Elie Saab gown and Chaumet jewelry. Yoson is wearing Ermenegildo Zegna XXX with a Chopard timepiece and brooch. Rosalind is wearing Memoire jewelry.

35+ pictures inside of the Mulan cast at the premiere… More Here! »

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Jessica Chastain Celebrates the Opening of 'Zookeeper's Wife'

Jessica Chastain looks beautiful as always while stepping out for a screening of her movie The Zookeeper’s Wife on Friday night (March 31) at The Landmark in Los Angeles.

The Oscar-nominated actress’ movie opened in theaters that day. The film is in the least amount of theaters for the several wide release movies that just opened up and it will debut in the top ten with a gross of around $3 million for the weekend.

“’My film opens today’ After watching it, please share with me what you think you would’ve done in Antonina’s place,” Jessica wrote on Twitter that day.

FYI: Jessica is wearing a Prada dress and Christian Louboutin heels.

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Jessica Chastain Goes Glam for Hollywood Premiere of 'The Zookeeper's Wife'

Jessica Chastain look stunning as she arrives at the premiere of The Zookeeper’s Wife on Monday night (March 27) at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood.

The actress was joined at the premiere by her co-stars Johan Heldenbergh, Iddo Goldberg and wife Ashley Madekwe, and director Niki Caro.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Jessica Chastain

Over the weekend, Jessica celebrated her 40th birthday in Mexico!

“This has been a birthday to remember. Thank you all for your lovely wishes!!! They filled me with so much joy. I had such a beautiful time relaxing in Mexico. Now back to work!” Jessica captioned the below Instagram pic.

FYI: Jessica is wearing an Alexander McQueen dress, Piaget jewelry, and Charlotte Olympia shoes.

10+ pictures inside stars inside the premiere…

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Jessica Chastain Explains How She Chooses Her Roles

Jessica Chastain is all smiles while making an appearance at the Build Series on Tuesday afternoon (March 21) in New York City.

The Oscar-nominated actress was joined by her The Zookeeper’s Wife director Niki Caro for the interview.

Jessica has been doing a lot of press for her upcoming film and she recently opened up about how she chooses her roles.

“I’m drawn to characters that challenge the status quo, that challenge the expectations of what they’re supposed to be,” Jessica said in an interview with Yahoo. “Even the small supporting characters that I play in films, I just want to make sure that these women are multi-dimensinal woman, and they’re not objects of the male character, they’re subjects. They have their own stories, their own lives, their own hopes and dreams.”

“A lot of people say to me I play strong women. I think every woman is strong. I think I just choose parts that are well-written female roles,” Jessica added.

FYI: Jessica is wearing a The Row outfit.

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Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan' Movie Might Not Feature Songs

One of the upcoming live-action movies that Disney has in the works is Mulan, but a lot of fans will be upset to hear that there likely will not be songs in the film.

Director Niki Caro recently spoke out about plans for the film.

“Yes, from what I understand, no songs right now, much to the horror of my children,” Niki told Moviefone.

Some of the songs featured in Mulan include “Reflection,” “I’ll Make a Man Out of You,” and “Honor to Us All.”

Niki is currently working with producer Sean Bailey on developing the film. “His sensibility and mine for the material is right in sync. It’s a big, girly martial arts epic. It will be extremely muscular and thrilling and entertaining and moving,” she said.

Niki directed the film The Zookeeper’s Wife, which hits theaters on March 31.