Aladdin has captured the imagination of generations with its simple but entertaining story. It’s been one of the most successful movie franchises from the Disney stable and a box office winner, no wonder Disney is making another live-action remake of Aladdin. Read on, to know more about one of the most hyped casting dramas and who plays what in this forthcoming movie, as part of our Hollywood coverage in which we bring to you the latest updates from Hollywood.
Will Smith it is. Disney has pulled of a casting coup of sorts, by casting Will Smith as the voice behind the genie in its forthcoming movie Aladdin. The role of the genie was earlier voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 release of the film, which went on to become a big hit. “Aladdin” was the highest-grossing film of the year in 1992, and won Academy Awards for best score and best song for “A Whole New World.”
Disney has been facing casting problems for this remake of Aladdin, with news reports claiming that it could not find anyone suitable to play Aladdin. However, Disney denied the same and soon announced that the role of Aladdin will be played by Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud, who stars in the new Amazon series Jack Ryan. It has also finalised English actress Naomi Scott, best known for playing Pink Ranger in the Power Rangers movie, for the role of Jasmine.
Disney Pictures’ Sean Bailey took the stage at its D23 event on Saturday morning to announce the castings. The announcement came with a pointed, veiled comment from Bailey about recent news on the studio’s difficult time finding their young male lead. Bailey joked that while we may have heard a lot of Disney casting news lately, not all of it is “true.”
Disney was reported to be interested in both Dev Patel and Riz Ahmed for the title role, but had hoped to land a newcomer. While Massoud ultimately won the role, other actors considered included Achraf Koutet and George Kosturos.
Sherlock Holmes filmmaker Guy Ritchie is directing the film, which Bailey said will draws inspiration from the 1992 animated movie, with sets being based on cities in The Middle East, China and India.
iKarmik says, it will be wonderful to see the magic of Aladdin and his genie again. For those who have grown up watching Aladdin, it will definitely be a nostalgic feeling. We just wonder, how the present smart VR generation will relate to it.