Christina Aguilera confirms she’s recorded ‘new material’ for Mulan

Christina Aguilera has recorded new material for Disney’s upcoming live-action Mulan.The Genie in a Bottle hitmaker made the surprise announcement during her Xperience residency show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, according to editors at Entertainmen…

Christina Aguilera has recorded new material for Disney’s upcoming live-action Mulan.

The Genie in a Bottle hitmaker made the surprise announcement during her Xperience residency show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, according to editors at Entertainment Weekly.

“The live-action Mulan is coming out by the way. You have to go see it. I recorded a new Reflection and new material for the movie. I’ve been working on that, but this is the original,” she told the crowd, before launching into the hit tune.

Reflection, written by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel, was performed onscreen in the 1998 original animated classic by Broadway star Lea Salonga, but Aguilera released a version of the song as her first-ever single, which launched her pop career at the age of 17.

The upcoming remake stars newcomer Liu Yifei as the titular character, alongside Jason Scott Lee and Jet Li, and follows the story of a young Chinese woman who disguises herself as a male warrior and joins the army in order to save her ailing father.

Director Niki Caro previously explained her version doesn’t include any musical numbers but insisted she honours the original Oscar-nominated soundtrack in a different way.

“I mean, back to the realism question – we don’t tend to break into song when we go to war. Not that I’m saying anything against the animation,” the filmmaker said at a press presentation, reported Digital Spy. “The songs are brilliant, and if I could squeeze them in there, I would have. But we do honour the music from the animation in a very significant way.”

Mulan hits cinemas from 25 March.

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Mulan director opens up about decision to drop musical numbers from live-action remake

Director Niki Caro has explained why there will be no musical numbers in the upcoming live-action Mulan remake.The movie, which stars newcomer Liu Yifei alongside Jason Scott Lee and Jet Li, follows the story of a young Chinese woman who disguises hers…

Director Niki Caro has explained why there will be no musical numbers in the upcoming live-action Mulan remake.

The movie, which stars newcomer Liu Yifei alongside Jason Scott Lee and Jet Li, follows the story of a young Chinese woman who disguises herself as a male warrior and joins the army in order to save her ailing father.

While the Oscar-nominated soundtrack to the 1998 animated Disney classic featured such songs as Reflection, I’ll Make a Man Out of You, and A Girl Worth Fighting For, Caro has now explained why her version doesn’t include any musical numbers.

“I mean, back to the realism question – we don’t tend to break into song when we go to war. Not that I’m saying anything against the animation,” the director said at a press presentation, according to Digital Spy. “The songs are brilliant, and if I could squeeze them in there, I would have. But we do honour the music from the animation in a very significant way.”

Caro also upset fans when she revealed that Mushu, who served as Mulan’s dragon guardian and was voiced by Eddie Murphy in the original, would not be making an appearance in the new film.

“I think we can all appreciate that Mushu is irreplaceable,” she stated, before adding that there will be a creature that serves as the spiritual representation of Mulan’s ancestors, but it will not be an animated dragon.

Mulan, also featuring Donnie Yen, Yoson An, and Gong Li, hits cinemas from 25 March.

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