'Mulan' will be the first Disney live-action remake with a PG-13 certificate

Ben Arnold
Contributor
Mulan (Credit: Disney)

The live-action remake of Mulan will be a little more mature than Disney's recent remakes, with news it'll be the first to have a PG-13 rating in the US.

All the remakes so far have been at PG or below, but the new movie based on the Chinese folklore The Ballad of Mulan, will feature 'sequences of violence', according to THR.

It's also the first PG-13 for a Disney movie since Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge in 2017.

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While we don’t have the the PG-13 rating in the UK, usually that equates to a 12 or a 12A over here, with the BBFC yet to confirm which it will be (though it has classified the movie’s trailers as 12A).

The movie, which has a reported $200 million budget, is being pitched more as a war drama than a historical musical, which the original 1998 movie was.

Helmed by Niki Caro, it stars Liu Yifei as the girl who disguises herself as a man to go into battle for the Imperial Chinese Army to defend their country from tribal Huns.

Donnie Yen will play her mentor, Commander Tung, with Jason Scott Lee as Hun warrior Bori Khan, and Jet Li as the Emperor of China.

Per the official synopsis:

“When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Chinese Army to defend the country from Huns, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. She is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. Disguised as a man by the name of Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her innermost strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.”

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The movie is set for release on 27 March, however, there are now concerns over whether the release date will be delayed in China, as it grapples with the outbreak of Coronavirus.

Releases of movies including Dolittle, 1917 and the forthcoming Bond movie No Time To Die have also been affected.