Live-Action Mulan Calling for Extras, to be Silk Road Extravaganza

Mulan’s Casting Call asks for extras of ancestries from across the Silk Road.

When they announced Disney’s live-action Mulan was moved to the Tang dynasty, I think many of us had suspicions (and I was definitely hoping) that the film was aiming to diversify its cast to include other races to recreate the melting pot of Tang-dynasty China.

The fillm has already announced Indian-American actor Utkarsh Ambudkar will join the cast of Liu Yifei, Gong Li, Donnie Yen, and potentially Jet Li.  The latest casting call for extras pretty much confirms there’ll be people from all across the Silk Road in the film (Aladdin and Jasmine cameo, please!). In addition to people who are fighters and riders, they’re especially looking for traditional Chinese calligraphers, dancers, drummers, and  traditional Chinese or Indian musicians, which means there’ll definitely be music and dance.   I’m a little concerned they’re not asking for Middle Eastern musicians because what Tang dynasty dance  party would be complete without the Sogdian Whirl.  Interestingly,  there’s no call for Southeast Asians even though Xana Tang, the actress for Mulan’s sister, is a New Zealander of Chinese-Vietnamese descent and there were definitely SE Asians in Tang-dynasty China.

I’m excited that they’re going to depicting a more diverse China that people don’t usually think about. I don’t think any of the other live-action Disney adaptations have done major cities,   so hopefully they’ll do Tang-dynasty Chang’an justice. That road Mulan’s army comes back on better be   150m wide and not one meter less.

6 thoughts on “Live-Action Mulan Calling for Extras, to be Silk Road Extravaganza

  1. Here’s the male lead. I’ve looked at a couple of other photos and clips of him, and to say he’s a disappointment would be an understatement. Shang is one of the few popular Asian male love interests and one of the few Alpha male Asians in Hollywood and IMO defies a lot of stereotypes, but this guy looks like an Omega male with all the Asian stereotypes. Also a terrible actor.

    Here’s a video of him acting …

  2. Wait, my sister is a Malaysian Chinese actress. I mean, we’re Han Chinese but in Malaysia so wait, does that mean she qualifies for the audition? Or are we considered Southeast Asian because of the Malaysian connection?

  3. Ooh, interesting! Seems like it’ll be a pretty big departure from the animated movie, given all of these new roles.

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