By Lakshmi Gandhi | July 15, 2019, 4:49 PM CDT
When the first trailer for Disney’s upcoming live action version of “Mulan” was released earlier this month, social media was immediately set abuzz. Starring Chinese actress Yifei Liu, the upcoming film is being praised for its new approach to the ancient Chinese tale.
Unlike the original 1998 Disney animated film, the upcoming remake is not a musical and instead appears to adhere more closely to “The Ballad of Mulan,” the 6th century poem that detailed the journey of a teen girl who disguises herself as a man in order to take her elderly father’s place in the army.
But the team behind the new “Mulan” aren’t the only artists who are continuing to draw inspiration from the story of Mulan. Virtually throughout its history, Mulan had been reinterpreted and retold countless times, including in several young adult novels being published this year.