Disney delays 'Mulan' release to August 21 due to coronavirus

Disney once again postponed the debut of its live-action film "Mulan" until August 21, as COVID-19 cases surge in the United States.

The company announced the delay in a statement on Friday, giving a blow to theater operators who want blockbuster movies to draw audiences from their homes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The news came soon after Warner Bros. delayed its summer tentpole "Tenet", directed by Christopher Nolan, again from July 31 to August 12.

"Mulan", directed by Niki Caro and starring Chinese actress Liu Yifei, was originally to hit the big screens on March 27 in most of the world. As the first Disney live-action film with a Chinese heroine and scenes set in China, it has remained in the spotlight since the production process and bears great expectation from the moviegoers.

A poster of Mulan, starring Chinese actress Liu Yifei. /CFP

A poster of Mulan, starring Chinese actress Liu Yifei. /CFP

Cover image: Liu Yifei attends Disney's "Mulan" World Premiere at Dolby Theatre on March 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. /CFP