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.
This week saw the world’s leading movie visual effects firms descending on London for Escape Studios’ The VFX Festival.
Following several rounds of voting by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, there are now 10 movies in contention for the Best Visual Effects Academy Award at the 2017 Oscars – ‘Arrival’, ‘The BFG’, ‘Captain America: Civil War’, ‘Deepwater Horizon’, ‘Doctor Strange’, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’, ‘Passengers’, and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’. To help get the inside track on which movies deserve to win, we spoke with 5 VFX gurus – all alumni of Escape Studios, Europe’s premier visual effects academy and host of The VFX Festival 2017 – who chose five films which truly broke new ground in 2016.
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.