Aladdin: Action Movie Remake of the Disney Classic
Written by Radio Beatz on May 29, 2019
Aladdin is now in theaters! Starring Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott & Will Smith, its a musical adaptation of the original cartoon & it’s directed by Guy Ritchie.
The movie is based on the story “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp” from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights. It will feature not only the original classic tunes of its 1992 predecessor, but also new music from composer Alan Menken.
The film stars Mena Massoud in the title role, alongside Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie. Similarly to its animated predecessor, Aladdin will follow the story of the Arabic folktale “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp.” In the 1994 classic, Aladdin is a poor “street rat” with no real family to call his own, save for his mischievous monkey, Abu. Upon meeting the beautiful Princess Jasmine, Aladdin stumbles upon a magic lamp that reveals a wish-granting genie, who helps him win the heart of the princess.
About the Characters:
Mena Massoud: Plays the titular protagonist, Aladdin. Known around the streets of Agrabah as a scoundrel and a thief, the poor but warmhearted Aladdin impersonates a prince in order to win the heart of the beautiful Princess Jasmine.
Naomi Scott: Plays Princess Jasmine, the daughter of the Sultan who wishes to break free from the confines of the royal palace.
Will Smith: Plays the beloved Genie, voiced by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 animated version. At this year’s CinemaCon, Smith hinted that his interpretation of the role will be “a little bit Hitch, a little Fresh Prince and a whole lot of attitude.” While the cast has assured the public that the film certainly won’t replace Robin Williams in any way, Smith will put his own spin on the wish-granter.
Marwan Kenzari: Plays Jafar, the evil Grand vizier of Agrabah with plans to overthrow the Sultan.
Navid Negahban: Plays the Sultan, who hopes to find a suitable husband for his daughter, Princess Jasmine.
Nasim Pedrad: Plays Dalia, the handmaiden to Princess Jasmine. Although this character did not appear in the animated original, she is said to serve as Jasmine’s confidante in the 2019 version.
Billy Magnussen: Plays Prince Anders, a suitor for Jasmine’s hand in marriage.
Numan Acar: Plays Hakim, head of the palace guards and one of Jafar’s henchmen.
A live remake of the acclaimed love story offers not only a new take on the story, but also an opportunity to promote further diversity in Disney’s repertoire. Although the studio received some backlash for casting decisions, in addition to accusations of whitewashing, Disney execs did make clear their intentions to accurately honor and portray the culture of the film throughout their search for a diverse cast.
Source: Hollywood Reporter