Ladies are leading in 2020! With the anticipation of female-led films Black Widow , Wonder Woman and Birds of Prey coming out next year, the live-action Mulan trailer, released on December 5, has added even more excitement to the mix. The new Mulan live-action remake, set to release in 2020, features an all-star Asian cast and faithfully follows the original 1998 Disney animated film – albeit with a few notable exceptions. 7 actors who have played Bruce Lee in movies since his death New witch character played by Gong Li It seems the only character who knows Mulan has disguised herself in the commander’s army is a new character for the Disney Mulan storyline: Xian Liang, a witch in Bori Khan’s army, played by Gong Li. The character appears to shape-shift into an eagle in the new trailer, instilling a little of that quintessential Disney magic into the live-action remake. Could these historical heroines be Disney’s new leading ladies? The Chinese actress is perhaps best known internationally for her role as Japanese geisha Hatsumomo in Memoirs of a Geisha , but she has a close relationship with director Zhang Yimou, acting in films by the 69-year-old director, such as Red Sorghum , Curse of the Golden Flower and Coming Home . All-star casting that makes us giddy Li Yiufei and Gong Li are joined by an all-star Asian cast, including Donnie Yen (Commander Tung), Jet Li (The Emperor), Jason Scott Lee (Bori Khan), Tzi Ma (Hua Zhou, Mulan’s father), and Rosalind Chao (Hua Li, Mulan’s mother). Chinese-Hawaiian actor Jason Scott Lee, who played Bruce Lee in the 1993 film Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story , looks almost unrecognisable as the warrior leader villain Bori Khan in the live-action Mulan. We are looking forward to seeing his martial arts skills on the big screen once again. Why Hong Kong star JuJu Chan gets a kick from Bruce Lee Pei-Pei Cheng from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, is the matchmaker The trailer also hints at the matchmaker character, who had her fair share of comedic moments in the 1998 Disney animation. Mulan’s mother, played by Rosalind Chao, says: “We have excellent news! The matchmaker has found you an auspicious match.” According to IMDb, the matchmaker will be played by Pei-Pei Cheng, who starred as Jade Fox in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon . Which stars do martial arts – and which discipline is for you? Other Easter egg scenes that faithfully allude to the 1998 original include Mulan’s brush-painted red lip and the emerald hair comb that she leaves behind before joining the emperor’s army. Unlike the animated original, the trailer does not tease us with any romantic storyline between Mulan and the Chinese army captain. The story seems to be driven more by strong female leads and the development of their empowerment. How Bruce Lee inspired China’s UFC champ Zhang Weili There’s an orchestral version of Reflection The much-loved original version of Reflection was performed in the 1998 film by Filipina singer and actress Lea Salonga. The trailer for the 2020 Disney remake features a nostalgic instrumental version of the song, which will have diehard fans singing over the orchestral arrangement with the lyrics: “Who is that girl I see, staring straight, back at me …” Mushu gets replaced by a phoenix Sadly, the most beloved character of the 1998 film, Mushu, will not be making an appearance in the 2020 live-action remake. There are no signs of the little dragon, voiced by Eddie Murphy in the original, and his partner-in-crime, the “lucky” cricket. Instead, a CGI phoenix flies over China’s sacred mountains in the new trailer. The majestic mythical creature is alluded to by Mulan’s father, played by Tzi Ma, in the opening: “Do you know why the phoenix sits at the right hand of the emperor? She is his guardian, his protector. She is both beautiful and strong,” says Mulan’s father. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .