Disney’s live-action adaptation of the animated classic Aladdin has added Numan Acar (Homeland) into the mix.
Acar is set to play Hakim, the head of the guards and Jafar’s right-hand man. The actor joins Mena Massoud who stars in the titular role of Aladdin, as well as Will Smith as the Genie, Power Rangers star Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. The live-action adaptation is also set to introduce a brand new character created just for the film — Mara, a handmaiden, and friend to Jasmine played by former Saturday Night Live comedienne Nasim Pedrad.
Game of Thrones writer Vanessa Taylor has been tapped to rewrite the script by John August (Big Fish). August and Ritchie are also producing the film with Dan Lin. Marc Platt (La La Land) and Chris Montan (Frozen) will both be consulting for the project while Jonathan Eirich (Deathnote) serves as executive producer. Guy Ritchie will direct. Production on the project is taking place in London.
As of now, the live-action remake of Aladdin does not have a release date. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Aladdin as we learn it.
The Walt Disney Animation Library, Ranked From Worst To Best
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 exclusion. Naturally, 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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