Mulan: Did [Spoiler] really make a cameo in the movie?

Disney's MULANMulan (Yifei Liu)Photo: Film Frame© 2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Disney's MULANMulan (Yifei Liu)Photo: Film Frame© 2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. /

Yes, that was an ‘Esteemed Guest’ at the end of Mulan

There may be what you consider a spoiler in this post about the Mulan movie as we discuss the cameo.

Think what you want about Disney’s method of releasing the movie, but there’s no denying Mulan is one of the best live-action reboots of all. It had no need for the music and Mushu, focusing on the pillars of virtue instead of the comedy.

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There was also a special treat for fans of the 1998 movie at the end. Ming-Na Wen appeared as an “Esteemed Guest” during the end, introducing Mulan to the Emperor.

Who is Ming-Na Wen, you ask? Oh, only the original voice actress for the animated movie—the speaking parts, not the singing parts.

The cameo nearly didn’t happen

This is one of those cameos that had been kept under wraps, and it almost didn’t happen. While Mulan was filming in New Zealand, Wen was filming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Schedules were conflicted and it made it a logistical nightmare.

However, according to New York Times, she did want to do this cameo right away. Now everyone just had to figure out how to make it work.

The original plan was for Wen to be the mother of the groom who would be matched to Mulan. The need for her to be in New Zealand for a month made that impossible. So, it was back to the drawing board.

Instead, the idea later was to bring Wen in for the brief cameo. It made it a fun Easter egg for the fans of the 1998 movie. The role is also credited as “Esteemed Guest,” and we can certainly agree with that!

It was a beautiful moment and we’re glad it worked out!

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Mulan is on Disney Plus Premier now and will be on Disney Plus for free from Dec. 4.