Aladdin Live Action Remake Finally Finds Its Leads
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Around 2,000 actors and actresses have read for the lead roles of Jasmine and Aladdin.” However, at Disney’s D23 Expo it was revealed that Disney had finally found their leads in Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud who will play Aladdin, English actress Naomi Scott will play Jasmine, and Will Smith will play Genie. At the helm of the film, Disney has tapped Guy Ritchie to direct the live action remake which will also be a musical.
In a recent interview with Collider, Producer Dan Lin discussed how they won’t fall into the trap of ‘white-washing’ the film – like Disney had done with “Prince of Persia” (2010), he went on to explain how the filmmakers were looking to cast diverse leads for the film and stated that they would try to make a "movie that's authentic to the world."
Despite the mixture of reactions to the news – some exclaiming that Scott is of a much lighter complexion to Jasmine and what many would call a middle-eastern princess. With the success of recent live-action remakes such as “Jungle Book” (2016) which won an Oscar for Special Effects, and “The Beauty and The Beast” (2017) which is the highest-grossing film of 2017 thus far having passed the $1bn mark worldwide, I don’t really see this project failing but I could be totally wrong.
Considering that the two leads are relatively new to the big screen, you can catch Mena Massoud stars in Amazon’s new series “Jack Ryan” coming soon, and Naomi Scott was recently seen as the Pink Ranger in Saban’s “Power Rangers.” And I’m pretty sure you know who Will Smith, but you can still catch him in Netflix’s fantasy actioner “Bright”, coming out later this year.