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.
The return of a heavy-breathing dark lord, first contact like we’ve never seen it before, a humanitarian scrapping with a CGI bear, a 20-storey Paul Rudd – it’s safe to say that in 2016, we’ve seen it all.
Jon Favreau is an unapologetic Disney devotee. He knows the old movies backwards and forwards. His Apple Watch face is, unsurprisingly, Mickey Mouse. His fandom helped earn him the gig of directing The Jungle Book and the eye-popping photo-real film is suffused with treats for both aficionados of Uncle Walt’s classic oeuvre and film buffs in general. From visual cues and callbacks to the original 1967 classic cartoon to obscure references, Favreau’s film will reward the observant.