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Star "voices" of Walt Disney Picture's 36th full-length animated feature, "Mulan," pose, left to right, B.D. Wong, the acting voice of Shang; Ming-Na Wen, the acting voice of Mulan; Soon-Tek Oh, the acting voice of Fa Zhou and Donny Osmond, the singing voice of Shang, at the film's premiere Friday June 5, 1998 in Los Angeles. The film is based on one of China's most popular legends in which a woman disguises herself as a man to protect her father and save her country. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Disney's 'Mulan' turns 20 this year


WASHINGTON (CIRCA) - It's been 20 years since Li Shang made a man out of Mulan, and fans of the movie know that's not a typo. The 1998 Disney classic is a true heroine story. The title character, Mulan, disgraced her family after a poor meeting with a matchmaker and joins the fight against the Hun army in a fight to save China.

Her father was actually drafted to represent her family, but Mulan didn't want her elderly father dying in battle. So, she posed as a man and took his place. Hiding her true identity, Mulan would go on to save China and defeat the Hun army.

Ming-Na Wen
Ming-Na Wen arrives at the world premiere of "Thor: Ragnarok" at the El Capitan Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Ming-Na Wen is the voice of Mulan and has experience playing strong female roles. She currently plays Marvel character Melinda May on ABC's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and Phyla-Vell in "Guardians of the Galaxy." She's also played Chun-Li in the film "Street Fighter," Jing-Mei Chen on "ER," and Camile Wray on "SGU Stargate Universe."

Ming-Na Wen
Ming-Na Wen attends Day 1 of the Kari Feinstein Style Lounge at the Andaz Hotel on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision for KFPR/AP Images)

Mulan remains one of her most popular roles. The film is getting a live-action reboot that's slated to come out in 2020. Wen isn't reprising the title character but is rumored to play a role.

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