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Once Upon a Time Season 2 – Jamie Chung Fights as Mulan
With the news that Once Upon a Time will be tackling the story of Mulan in its second season comes the realization that no story is safe from being adapted by the ABC fantasy series. The choice to use Mulan shows they are no longer concerned with sticking purely with fantasy-based material. The character Hua Mulan comes from an ancient Chinese poem that inspired the 1998 Disney animated film Mulan, which you can bet will be the primary source of inspiration for the character and her backstory. While all the characters on Once Upon a Time come from classic fairy tales and folklore, many of the names and details are borrowed straight from the Disney versions of those stories. For instance, it’s only in Disney’s Pinocchio that the conscience figure is called Jiminy Cricket. This means it’s possible we could see the character Mushu. But for now, let’s focus on Mulan.
According to EW.com, Jamie Chung of Sucker Punch and The Hangover 2 fame will be playing Mulan in Season 2. This Mulan is highly trained in weaponry, tracking, and riding. “She has a spirituality that enhances her tactical and strategic abilities. She has suffered past betrayals, so her trust is hard-won, but once she gives her oath of friendship her loyalty knows no boundaries.” Sounds like this Mulan has seen a few battles in her time. Because everyone in Storybrooke received his or her real memories at the end of the first season, we won’t be meeting Mulan’s real world counterpart because she’ll remember who she is. When we meet her for the first time, whether it’s in a flashback or present day, she’ll be introducing herself as Mulan.
So does bringing in Mulan open up more doors for Once Upon a Time? Should we be expecting a new take on other non-fairy tale Disney movies? If so, I’d love to see them tackle The Lion King. Actually, no, I take that back. This show doesn’t have great special effects, which is what it would need if it wanted to do a story about lions. Maybe they could do Pocahontas! Are Pixar movies off limits? I’m seriously wondering if there’s a certain type of movie Once Upon a Time won’t try and twist into their world.