Disney’s ‘Mulan’: Here’s How to Watch the Anticipated New Film, Out 9/4 on Disney Plus ‘Premier Access’


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After being delayed a handful of times by the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney’s live-action remake of its 1998 animated film Mulan will be available Friday, Sept. 4 via Disney Plus — but there’s a catch.

The film, which reportedly takes a more ‘serious,’ action-focused tone than its animated predecessor (which is also available via Disney Plus, of course), will be up for streaming on Disney Plus and seemingly all mobile devices, but it’ll cost an extra $29.99 (on top of the normal subscription fee) if you want to see it immediately. That’s because the film is launching with Disney Plus’ ‘Premier Access,’ ostensibly a maneuver to help recoup some of the box-office money the film is losing out on by not being able to open in actual, physical movie theaters.

Disney’s official synopsis for the film:

When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-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. “Mulan” features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”

For those who aren’t sure if they want to spend an additional $30 to watch the movie right away, Disney said Mulan will be available on Disney Plus to all regular, non “Premier Access” subscribers on Dec. 4.

Originally, this new adaptation of Mulan was expected to be one of the year’s biggest box-office hits, a major investment on Disney’s part (with a reported budget of $200 million). The pandemic, of course, ruined all of those plans, forcing other anticipated films such as the new James Bond chapter No Time to Die to be delayed as well — that one is now slated for release in November, pushed back from April. 

These are strange times for everyone, and the entertainment industry has been hit hard, so it will be interesting to see how Mulan does with this adapted release method.


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