Mulan live-action remake to stream on Disney+

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Let’s get down to business! Mulan was one of the most anticipated Disney releases of 2020: then the global pandemic hit, pushing back the release of Disney’s latest live-action remake. But if you’ve been dying to see Hua Mulan defeat the Huns, you may soon be able to view the epic adventure flick at home.

Mulan was originally meant to be released in cinemas on March 27, 2020, and was then pushed back to July 24, 2020. Since much of the world was still struggling with the outbreak of COVID 19, this July release was then pushed back further to August 21, 2020. Then on July 23, the movie was removed from the release calendar. However, on August 4 as part of Disney’s Q3 FY20 Earnings Results announcement, Disney CEO Bob Chapek confirmed that Mulan would now be moved to a September 4, 2020 release.

There is a catch — this release will only be on Disney+ (Disney’s video streaming service), with a cinematic release to come at a later, unspecified date. Countries such as China, where cinemas are open and operating, and other countries that don’t currently have access to Disney+ will likely get this cinema release. However, there is not solid information as to whether Australia will also get a cinematic release for Mulan, considering cinemas are still operating in some states.

How much does Mulan cost on Disney+ and when is it out?

Poster from Disney's live action Mulan movie featuring Mulan holding sword
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Mulan will be released on Disney+ in Australia on September 4, 2020. However, the price to stream this movie is not included in your regular monthly (or annual) Disney+ subscription.

Instead, Disney has opted to trial this release as a ‘premiere access’ offering, where you’ll pay $34.99 AUD to stream the movie for as long as you are an active subscriber, meaning that your access to the movie is not limited like a rental. The US pricing ($29.99 USD) was initially confirmed, while the official Australian pricing has just recently been released. The film will also be released on select platforms including Apple and Google.

During the global pandemic, Disney has released many new assets, such as Artemis Fowl and Hamilton, on Disney+ for no additional cost. However, Mulan was perhaps one of the most anticipated releases of 2020, along with Marvel’s Black Widow movie (which was meant to release May 1, 2020 but has since been delayed to later in 2020), which might explain the reason for this new premiere access model.

This new release model is not currently planned to be used for any other film releases, or indicative of a change in how you’ll be able to watch and access releases on Disney+ in the future.

What is Mulan about?

Based on the 1998 animated Disney classic movie of the same name, the new live-action version of Mulan is set to more closely follow the Chinese tale ‘The Ballad of Mulan’. The original story tells of fictional female warrior Hua Mulan, who disguised herself as a man to fight in her father’s place in the army.

The animated version of Mulan follows this similar storyline where she joins the army in place of her father, disguised as a man, to help in the fight against the Huns who are invading China. In typical Disney fashion, the animated movie features a super-catchy soundtrack with classics such as ‘I’ll Make A Man Out Of You’ and ‘Reflection’.

If you loved the animated classic, unfortunately you’ll be missing out on the catchy songs and Eddie Murphy’s excellent work as tiny dragon Mushu. However, even without the musical numbers, Mulan is still set to be an action-packed adventure, and looks absolutely fantastic from what we’ve seen so far. Check out the trailer for yourself.

Sign up to Disney+

If you’re hanging out for the release of the new Mulan, or want to re-watch the animated version for the millionth time, there are two plan options to choose from – a monthly subscription at just $8.99 per month, or prepay for a whole year at $89.99 and save on the monthly cost. Both plans include the same features, with unlimited downloads and the ability to stream on up to four screens at the same time. This table includes links to a referral partner.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month or year
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Disney+ Monthly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel & National Geographic
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices

min. cost $8.99 over one month

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $8.99
Advertised Cost/month
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Disney+ Logo

Disney+ Yearly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel & National Geographic
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices
  • Prepay for a yearly subscription and save on the monthly cost

min. cost $89.99 over one year

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $89.99
Advertised Cost/year
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