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Disney delays Mulan once again to August

The film was originally scheduled to hit theaters last March

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The live-action remake of Mulan was originally set to hit theaters in the U.S. on March 27, but shortly before release, Disney delayed the film two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. The film was then set to premiere on July 24, but, as the pandemic continues and lockdown restrictions remain under question, plans have changed yet again.

The film, which stars Liu Yifei in the title role, has shifted to Aug. 21, 2020.

The change follows several other delays, including the decision to push Pixar’s Soul from a June to a November release, with Raya and the Dragon, originally planned for that November slot, pushed to 2021. The fourth John Wick movie, meanwhile, has been pushed all the way to 2022, and the entirety of the upcoming Marvel slate has been delayed, too.

“While the pandemic has changed our release plans for Mulan and we will continue to be flexible as conditions require, it has not changed our belief in the power of this film and its message of hope and perseverance,” Alan Horn, co-chairman and CCO, and Alan Bergman, co-chairman of Walt Disney Studios, said in a joint statement. “Director Niki Caro and our cast and crew have created a beautiful, epic, and moving film that is everything the cinematic experience should be, and that’s where we believe it belongs — on the world stage and the big screen for audiences around the globe to enjoy together.”

As of this writing, that leaves Christopher Nolan’s Tenet as the sole holdout for a summer theatrical release, as the only delay announced so far has been to push the film from its July 17 release slot to July 31, and then again to Aug. 12.

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