‘Aladdin’ Star Praises Guy Ritchie’s ‘Passion’ & Will Smith’s ‘Energy’

Navid-Negahban-Disney-Aladdin-The-Sultan-Guy-Ritchie-Will-SmithProduction on Disney’s live-action adaptation of their 1992 animated classic Aladdin is well underway with Guy Ritchie behind the camera bringing the city of Agrabah to life with actors Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Will Smith portraying Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie respectively.

Actor Navid Negahban plays the Sultan in the upcoming film recently sang the praises of Ritchie’s direction while speaking with Dispatch Radio. Negahban praises Ritchie’s “passion” and “commitment” for Aladdin: 

“He just found beauty in these scenes…as the filming went on it really became like a family and Guy was just amazing, finding these little nuances to make it (the film) so much more intense or powerful.”

Negahban also sang the praises of Massoud’s performance as Aladdin:

“He’s on that journey. He uses that explore Aladdin…he growth and maturity. You really see that with Mena. I think you’ll love it.”

Negahban also praised Smith, who steps into the iconic footsteps of the late Robin Williams as the Genie for bringing his own to the role. He praises Smith’s “energy” and “enthusiasm” and is excited for audiences to see the film for themselves.

What do you think of Negahban’s comments? Do you think that Ritchie is truly bringing his all into bringing Aladdin to life? Also, is the type of charisma and energy from an actor like Smith the right type to step into one of Williams’ most iconic roles? Sound off in the comments below.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, the film stars Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen and Numan Acar.

Aladdin is set to be released on May 24, 2019.

Source: The Global Dispatch

The Walt Disney Animation Library, Ranked From Worst To Best

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Disney Disney had made an unconventional “franchise” out of remaking its animated classics as live-action blockbusters. Combined with their Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars stables, it has ensured the company’s continued domination in the film sphere. Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book were at the forefront of that charge the last few years. Now, with Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (our review here), now is a great time to look back at Disney’s amazing animated catalog and how they stack up against each other.

Disney has had a lot of animated films released theatrically or direct-to-video, sometimes in collaboration with other studios. This list specifically focuses on those from the Walt Disney Animation department, so sorry Brave Little Toaster fans, of which I’m one. No Pixar flicks either, but fans of that studio are in luck, as we ranked their films last summer. You can check that list out below.

I haven’t seen Saludos Amigos, Make Music Mine, Song of the South, Melody Time, Fun and Fancy Free, & The Three Caballeros, hence their exclusionNaturally, we’ll most likely disagree about the specific ordering. Let’s think of it as a conversation starter. I’d love to hear what you guys think in the comments!

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