Since it was announced that the Disney classic, Aladdin, would receive the live-action retelling, many have wondered who will fill out these iconic roles. Despite the current political angle, it appears that Disney is doing something rather remarkable; the live-action Aladdin film will star actors of Middle Eastern descent. This ties in with what producer Dan Lin told Collider back in February. The Man From U.N.C.L.E’s Guy Ritchie will take the helm of this project. Of course, the 1992 animated film, was adapted from One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian folk stories. In that – now iconic – film, the late Robin Williams portrayed the exuberant Genie. Now, do not get too excited about this casting update; the role of Genie is still casting.
However, as Dani Fernandez points out on her Twitter account, Disney are holding open auditions for any actor or actress (as long as they are between the ages of 18-25) with Middle Eastern descent. The auditions are for the two lead roles; Aladdin and Princess Jasmine.
In addition to this information, we also have confirmation of the film’s shooting dates. As Fernandez’s tweet points out, the movie will begin shooting in July and will wrap up in January of 2018, in the U.K.
You can check out the details below:
Alright kids, if you know someone who fits this, you better share this with them. Submit asap. Good luck my babies pic.twitter.com/PLP37ritcV
— Dani Fernandez (@msdanifernandez) March 9, 2017
So, what do you guys think of all this? I am so happy that Disney are moving forward with this project, and casting actors of Middle Eastern descent just makes the project all the more exciting. As for the Genie… As one of our commenters said, I feel a great swirl of pity for the man chosen for that role. If I had to put a name out there, I would love someone like Bill Hader.
Who do you guys wanna see play the Genie in the upcoming Aladdin movie?
Aladdin has no scheduled release date, but judging by the shooting schedule, it should hit theatres in 2019.
Top 10 Disney Properties That Could Become Live-Action
Disney has become known for dominating the box office with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, and their record-breaking animated features. It didn’t take long for these Disney animated classics to become live-action epics on the big screen. Just in the past few years, Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book have all been given the live-action treatment and as a result, have become critical and financial successes. If it’s not broken, why fix it?
The upcoming line-up for live-action remakes includes many popular Disney properties such as; Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mulan, Cruella and Maleficent 2. With Disney having such a large animated catalog, these remakes inspired a question. What Disney properties are left that need the live-action treatment? This countdown features the top ten Disney properties that could receive the live-action treatment.
Do you agree with this list? Are you enjoying this trend of Disney animated classics becoming live-action remakes? Comment below and join in the conversation!