With Disney's live-action Aladdin remake gathering pace, it's emerged just how Will Smith plans to take on the iconic Disney character originally voiced by the late Robin Williams.
Live-action clips directed by Tim Burton, Guy Ritchie, and Jon Favreau whetted NATO members' appetites.
Guy Ritchie and the studio are trying to wrap up a months-long search that has included names (Riz Ahmed, Dev Patel) and complete unknowns from around the world to play the street hustler turned prince.
Aladdin and Jasmine were voiced by white actors in the 1992 original. Aladdin fans and decent human beings can rest easy after an open casting call for Disney’s live-action remake made it clear the film is looking for Middle Eastern leads. Set to be directed by ‘Snatch’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes’s Guy Ritchie, the remake is on the look-out for two actors aged 18-25 to play lead pair Aladdin and Jasmine.
It was a bit of a surprise when Disney announced there was to be an ‘Aladdin’ live-action remake, but even more shocking was that Guy Ritchie was attached. According to the site Movie Casting Call, the listing that was uploaded by Alan Baltes, a member of the Screen Actors Guild and part of the Disney Channel national talent search, has advertised roles in Disney’s ‘Aladdin’. Posted on Friday, the ad asks for newcomers to assume the roles of Aladdin and Yasmin.
Now these are eerie. Graphic designer Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen produced a series of realistic renderings of classic Disney villains around Halloween last year. Now he’s produced five more; Cruella de Vil from ‘101 Dalmatians’, Prince Hans from ‘Frozen’, Jafar from ‘Aladdin’, Judge Frollo from ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ and Mother Gothel from ‘Tangled’. Check them out in all their spooky glory. (Image credits: Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen/ www.jirkavinse.com )
Aladdin is about to get some wallop, with news that Disney is eyeing up Guy Ritchie to helm a live-action version of the classic tale. It’s reportedly all thanks to producer Dan Lin, who worked with Ritchie on his revisionist ‘Sherlock Holmes’ movies, and will be collaborating with Disney for ‘Aladdin’.
Whether it’s because of studio interference, a crazy director, racial sensitivity or international money – sometimes a movie isn’t finished even after it reaches cinemas.
Perhaps Disney’s 1992 animated classic ‘Aladdin’ isn’t as well loved as we thought. A new poll of US voters conducted by Public Policy Policing found that a surprising amount of those polled were in favour of bombing Agrabah. In case you can’t quite place it, Agrabah is the Arabic kingdom in which ‘Aladdin’ is set - and, rather more importantly, it doesn’t actually exist.