After years of testing the waters and delivering critical success, Disney continues their Live Action adaptations with Aladdin. Today Disney has the first (UK) Trailer which may not reveal any footage, it reveals its a ‘whole new world’ out there.
After the success Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book, (even Maleficent). Now one of Disney’s much loved animations is getting that live action makeover but will it work? The one selling point of the 1992 animated classic, was the voice of the genie, Robin Williams. Can they truly replace Williams? Will Smith has that inevitable task, he has the charisma to deliver.
Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and two new songs written by Menken and songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The La La Land duo know how to create a hit song, The Greatest Showman pair might just see another Oscar for their mantelpiece!
Aladdin is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, the film is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s Aladdin.
The film stars Will Smith as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine, the beautiful, self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards.
Aladdin when it hits the UK, Irish and U.S cinemas May 24, 2019.