Aladdin is an upcoming romantic American musical fantasy adventure film directed by Guy Ritchie, from the screenplay co-written with John August and Vanessa Taylor, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures.
It is a live adaptation of the 1992 Disney animated film of the same name, which in turn is based on the Arab folktale of the same name from The Thousand and One Nights and the French interpretation of Antoine Galland.
The film stars Mena Masud as the protagonist along with Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen and Numan Acar.
In October 2016, Disney announced that Guy Ritchie will direct a live-action Aladdin remake. Smith was the first cast member to join, signing Genie’s voice in July of 2017, and later that month, Masud and Scott were confirmed for the two lead roles.
Principal photography began in September at Longcross Studios in Surrey, England, also filming in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan, and lasted until January 2018.
Aladdin is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 24, 2019.
Aladdin (2019 Film)
- Directed By: Guy Ritchie
- Produced By: Dan Lin, Jonathan Eirich
- Screenplay By: John August, Guy Ritchie, Vanessa Taylor
- Music By: Alan Menken
- Cinematography: Alan Stewart
- Edited By: James Herbert
- Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures
- Release Date: May 24, 2019 (United States)
Aladdin 2019 Film (Cast)
Will Smith (Genie):
A Jinn who has the almost omnipotent power to grant three wishes to whoever possesses his magic lamp. Smith said he was “terrified” while playing the character, but that “[He found a path that pays homage” to the performance of Robin Williams in the original movie. Smith will physically represent the character when he is under the guise of a human, while his genius form will be CGI and blue in color.
Mena Masud (Aladdin):
A thief from Agrabah and a street rat who is wounded by the Sultan’s daughter.
Naomi Scott (Jasmine Princess):
The daughter of the sultan and the princess of Agrabah who wants to give an opinion on how she lives her life. Scott said that the character “will be strong and fun, but she will also be emotional and wrong, she is a multidimensional woman, and it does not have to be just one thing, so in this movie, you see her continue like this … a roller coaster, unlike of its sole purpose is to fall in love or get married. ”
Marwan Kenzari (Jafar)
a nefarious and deceitful sorcerer, the Grand Vizier of Agrabah, and the chief adviser to the Sultan, who secretly designs a plan to overthrow the Sultan as ruler of Agrabah by acquiring the magic lamp containing the Genie.
Navid Negahban (The Sultan)
the wise ruler of Agrabah who is eager to find a capable husband for his daughter Jasmine.
Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, loyal maid of Princess Jasmine and confidant.
- Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders, pretender and potential husband of Princess Jasmine of the Skånland kingdom.
- Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and head of the palace guards.
- Robby Haynes as Razoul, the royal captain of the Guard.
Frank Welker as the voices of the:
- Cave of Wonders, a sand guardian that resembles the shape of a giant tiger head who has been entrusted with the task of protecting the magical lamp from intruders and giving it to those who are worthy.
- Abu, the ape mascot of the kleptomaniac of Aladdin with a falsetto voice. Welker previously expressed the two characters in the original film.
Aladdin 2019 Film (Production)
On October 10, 2016, it was announced that Guy Ritchie would direct a live-action Aladdin movie with John August writing the script for Walt Disney Pictures with Dan Lin as producer.
The studio said the film would be “an ambitious and non-traditional vision” of Aladdin’s story that would hold much of the musical elements of the original film. In the non-traditional aspect, the studio planned that the film be counted in a non-linear format.
In February of 2017, Lin revealed about the casting during an interview, saying that they were looking for a diverse cast and that they would not try to “make Prince of Persia”.
In March 2017, a worldwide call for the main roles of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine was launched. The main production will begin in the United Kingdom from July 2017 to January 2018. On April 19, 2017, it was reported that Gabriel Iglesias or Will Smith was in talks for the role of Genie, for which the latter was confirmed in July.
In May of 2017, it was revealed that Jade Thirlwall was in talks on behalf of Princess Jasmine.
On July 11, 2017, it was revealed that Aladdin’s main production had been delayed by one month, until August 2017, due to difficulties in finding the right actor to play the titular role.
It was revealed that more than 2,000 actors and actresses had auditioned for the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine, but that it had been difficult to find a male protagonist of Indian or Middle Eastern descent in their 20s who could perform and sing.
It was revealed that Naomi Scott and Tara Sutaria were the last two actresses in the race for the role of Jasmine, but none could be chosen until a chemistry test was conducted with who was chosen as Aladdin.
The studio was interested in choosing Dev Patel or Riz Ahmed for the main role of Aladdin, but none of them was considered likely to get the role.
In what became the final rounds of screen tests, the actors Achraf Koutet, Mena Massoud and George Kosturos were still in the race for the role of Aladdin.
However, the studio had begun to examine old audition tapes for the role, not being satisfied with the last round of screen tests.
Aladdin 2019 Film (Filming)
Principal photography began on September 6, 2017 at the Longcross Studios in Longcross, Surrey, England, and concluded on January 24, 2018. Part of the film was shot in the desert of Wadi Rum, Jordan. The reunions took place during the month of August 2018.
Aladdin 2019 Film (Music)
At Expo D23 in 2017, Alan Menken announced that he will co-write new songs for the film with the composers of La La Land, Pasek and Paul. Menken would also annotate the film, which will also include the original songs of the film written by Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Pasek and Paul wrote the lyrics of two new songs. One of them is a solo for the character of Jasmine. that Paul called “a beautiful piece of music,” and he praised Scott’s singing as “incredible.” The other song is a new duet for Aladdin and Jasmine, which Paul called “a sweet song”. The duo also wrote a new lyric for the song from the original movie “Arabian Nights”.
Aladdin 2019 Film (After Production)
The visual effects are provided by Industrial Light & Magic and supervised by Michael Mullholland, Daniele Bigi and David Seager with the help of DNEG, Nzviage and Proof.
Aladdin 2019 Film (Argument)
The film has drawn criticism for its decision to add a new original white character by choosing actor Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders, which fans and critics considered “unnecessary” and “offensive”, which led to accusations of bleaching the film to time that signaled the irony of Global search of actors and actresses to interpret the protagonists in relation to the controversy. The decision to hire Naomi Scott, the Anglo non-Arab Indian actress, not from the Middle East and from India half white to play the protagonist, Princess Jasmine, has also generated criticism and accusations of colorism, although some members of the Cast, particularly Negahban and Pedrad, are of Iranian descent while Acar is of Turkish descent. In December 2018, Julie Ann Crommett, vice president of multicultural Disney Engagement, said the decision to elect Scott as Jasmine reflected a blend or association of different cultures in a broad region consisting of the Middle East, South Asia and China by extension, what All make up the Silk Road. The real intention of Agrabah was to be the center of the Silk Road and he added that Jasmine’s mother would be from a land that was not Agrabah.
In January 2018, white extras were reported to be applied with brown make-up during filming to “mix”, prompting protest and condemnation among fans and critics, calling the practice an insult to the entire industry. While accusing the producers of not recruiting people with heritage from the Middle East or North Africa. Disney responded to the controversy, saying: “The diversity of our cast and background actors was a requirement and only in some cases when it came to specialty skills, safety and control (special effects equipment, doubles players and management of animals) were manned to mix”.
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