For reasons beyond me (it’s always money), Disney and Guy Ritchie are doing a live action movie of Aladdin starring Mena Massoud in the title role, Naomi Scott as Jasmine (she was the pink Power Ranger in the movie Power Rangers de 2017) and … Will Smith as the genius. Entertainment Weekly have the First glance exclusive , which means that it is as good a time as any to signal that it is too late to prevent this from happening.
“Whenever you’re doing things that are iconic, it’s always scary,” Goatee Smith said to THAT ONE , presumably knowing that a “Disney executive” genuinely described his role as “part Fresh Prince, part Hitch.” He also recognized how impossible it is to surpass the Genius of Robin Williams in the Aladdin de 1992: “The question is always: Where was meat left on the bone?” Smith continued. “Robin didn’t leave much meat on the bone with the character… I think he will stand out as unique even in the world of Disney. There hasn’t been much of that hip-hop flavor in Disney history. “That’s a fair observation, but why not a new story? Why Aladdin ?
They also added a friend for Jasmine to help her find a partner, which is supposed to be empowering. (Everyone is thirsty for feminist Disney characters.) From THAT ONE :
Here’s another questionable passage, straight from Ritchie, who addresses appropriation concerns (emphasis mine):
Maybe he needed a few different advisers.
At least Abu is cute. The new Aladdin comes out May 24, 2019.