Surprising no one, it’s been confirmed by Guy Ritchie that his live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin will be a musical.
In an interview with Nerdist to promote his upcoming movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Ritchie confirmed that his movie will absolutely feature songs from Disney’s original animated feature. He explicitly stated that “It’d be tough not to make [Aladdin] a musical” before going further into detail:
“It’s too early because I’ve really just immersed myself into that project… So I’m still looking for cast members, we still haven’t found exactly which direction we’re going in. I’m confident that at some stage it will reveal itself to me, but right now it’s just a bit too premature.”
While this isn’t incredibly surprising, there seems to have been a bit of internal debate over at Disney regarding whether or not their upcoming Mulan remake would have musical elements to it. Ritchie’s statement puts it in clear terms that we’ll be hearing new takes on classic Disney tunes like “Arabian Nights” and “A Whole New World”, and possibly a few new songs with it.
Aladdin does not yet have a release date, nor does it have a cast (though they’re seeking out a pair of young actors with Middle Eastern heritage to play Aladdin and Jasmine, and Will Smith is being courted to play Genie). In the meantime, Guy Ritchie’s latest film, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, comes out this Friday. The picture stars Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey as Guinevere, Djimon Hounsou as Sir Bedivere, Aidan Gillen as Goosefat Bill Wilson, Jude Law as Vortigern, Eric Bana as Uther Pendragon, Mikael Persbrandt as Kjartan, Lorraine Bruce as Syrena, Hermione Corfield as Syren, Annabelle Wallis as Maid Maggie, Kingsley Ben-Adir as Wetstick, Neil Maskell as Backlack, Millie Brady as Princess Catia, David Beckham as Trigger, Katie McGrath as Elsa, Michael McElhatton as Jack’s Eye, Kamil Lemieszewski as Merlin, and Poppy Delevingne as Elsa.