Ming-Na Wen thinks Mulan means a lot to the trans community
Ming-Na Wen thinks 'Mulan' can help "represent" the trans community.
The 56-year-old star - who voiced the title role in 1998 Disney animated classic and its 2004 sequel - has opened up about the cultural impact of a character forced "to dress up as a boy".
Speaking to SFX magazine, she said: "What 'Mulan' means to me is how much it's impacted so many people.
"When I go to these conventions, I'm always astounded that as many fans there are for '[Agents of] S.H.E.I.L.D.', there are so many fans from 'Mulan'.
"And also just by the mere fact that she had to dress up as a boy, it's also helped the trans community by having a Disney character, especially, represent them in some way."
Wen is immensely proud of the original movie and the way audiences react to the story itself, and she admitted it can be an emotional experience.
She added: "They'll be crying because it had that much of an impact in elevating their own self-confidence and their own self-worth.
"For me, that has been the biggest impact."
The upcoming live action adaptation of 'Mulan' was initially set to be released on March 27, but the coronavirus pandemic meant the movie's cinematic release had to be pushed back.
Disney said in a statement: "As you know this has been a rapidly evolving situation and we wanted to make you aware that we are postponing the releases of Mulan, The New Mutants and Antlers out of an abundance of caution.
"We truly believe in the moviegoing experience, and we are looking at new potential 2020 release dates to be announced at a later date."
In March, the UK premiere of the movie had been scaled back, although a screening went ahead with stars such as Liu Yifei and Jet Li present.
On social media, director Niki Caro said: "Our hearts are with everyone the world over who is affected by the virus, and we hope that Mulan's fighting spirit will continue to inspire those who are working so hard to keep us all safe."