Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Starts Shooting In July; Casting Update

Disney's 'Aladdin' Starts Shooting In July; Casting Update

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 FebruaryThe 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:

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.

Source: Twitter

Top 10 Disney Properties That Could Become Live-Action

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The Lion King 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!

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Roby D'Ottavi

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  • Darthmanwe

    I’d check the music groups and glee clubs across america for muslim and middle eastern youngsters.

    Not much hope there for a great actor, but hey, Disney wants to poke this bee’s nest? They’ll get stung.

    • Derek Wiles

      Why wouldn’t there be a good actor whose middle eastern? What a dumb statement

      • Darthmanwe

        BEcause there aren’t, because industry is built on white people, and you’d be hard pressed to find even black people who can dance and sing and are actors currently, because even hollywood has a chronic allergy against foreign stars, so they don’t import stars from other film markets except Britain and Australia, because, because, because…

        There are lots of reasons, but reality is that there aren’t any.

        And Indians don’t count, any self respecting human can tell the difference between a Middle Eastern person and an Indian. It’s like calling Japanese and an Afghan the same race.

        P.S.: Do go and try to white-splain this to me, a Middle Eastern, Please. I dare you.

        • Derek Wiles

          I have no idea what you’re watching but change the channel and you’ll find talent if every ethnicity. Theres a reason why movies like black panther are happening, and movies like moonlight are sweeping awards: because we as consumers want them. I don’t need to white-splain anything; switch the channel and you’ll see for yourself

  • Victor Thomas

    Riz Ahmed needs to be aladdin