As my friends and family know, I am a huge Aladdin fan. I was over the moon when I heard that Guy Ritchie was remaking it and as a live action movie musical.
So who is in it?
There was an open casting call for the title character, which means that anyone around the world could play that character. The open auditions to cast the role of Aladdin was in London on May 14th 2017 at the Old College Building in Holborn.
“The role of Aladdin is Middle Eastern, between the age of 18 and 22 years old, can sing, is very leading with handsome looks, incredibly charming, street savvy, charismatic and very physically fit”
It was revealed at the D23 Expo that Will Smith will play the Genie, newcomer Mena Massoud as the lead Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine.
A character called Hakim is head of the guards and Jafar’s right-hand man, Homeland actor Numan Acar is cast in this role. Navid Negahban is cast as the Sultan.
With the confirmed classic central characters cast, it was time for more new roles to be announced.
Former Saturday Night Live (I know her from Brooklyn Nine Nine) star Nasim Pedrad is cast as Jasmine’s handmaiden Mara, which is one of the newly-created roles.
Billy Magnussen is cast as the new character Prince Anders. This role drew criticism for the decision to add a new original white character, sparking accusations of whitewashing.
In the Aladdin Broadway Musical, for obvious reasons, the animal characters were not featured, but I held up hope that they would appear in the movie remake. Abu the monkey, Iago the parrot, and Rajah the tiger from the original Disney movie have been announced, but not officially, that they will indeed appear in the remake but in some capacity.
Aladdin is due to be released on May 24, 2019 in 3D and IMAX by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. With filming officially wrapped in January 2018, lead star Mena Massoud posted a photograph from behind-the-scenes on Twitter.
What is the storyline?
The movie storyline is yet to be revealed but we can all hope that Disney will stick to the original template from the animated movie.
In my opinion, the songs in Aladdin are perfection and quite magical. Although I did wonder if they would keep the original songs that are featured in the animated movie.
Eight-time Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken is providing the score, including new recordings of the original songs written by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.
Duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have been revealed to be working with Menken to put new lyrics to the new original music, later confirming that two new songs are being written.