Aladdin movie cast

Disney’s live-action Aladdin movie cast has just grown by two. Director Guy Ritchie‘s take on the 1992 animated classic has found its Jafar in an up-and-coming actor and cast former Saturday Night Live breakout Nasim Pedrad in a brand new role that’s been invented specifically for this film. Read on for everything we know so far.
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game of thrones writer to rewrite aladdin

Guy Ritchie‘s adaptation of Aladdin is trying to stay one jump ahead of the original animated classic.

Now that the production has cast its two leads of color after a comprehensive and troubled search, Disney’s next live-action project is turning its eyes to its script. To rewrite the screenplay, Disney has hired former Game of Thrones screenwriter Vanessa Taylor.

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live-action aladdin

Disney is in a whole new world of trouble. The live-action adaptation of Aladdin is reportedly struggling to cast its lead roles of Aladdin and Jasmine, the street rat and the Arabian princess who stole each other’s (and our) hearts in the classic 1992 animated film.

Disney and director Guy Ritchie are intent on finding an unknown actor and actress of Middle Eastern or Indian descent, as the animated movie takes place in the fictional Middle Eastern city of Agrabah. However, because Aladdin will continuing Beauty and the Beast‘s trend of adapting the musical elements of the animated films, Disney and Ritchie are having trouble finding stars of color who can act and sing.

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Girl in War for the Planet of the Apes

Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. Tying in with the release of War for the Planet of the Apes, this week’s edition asks “What is your favorite talking animal in the movies?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team.

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Aladdin Rumor: Tom Hardy as Jafar?

You’d think after the uproar that arises over every whitewashing debacle — Ghost in the Shell, Aloha, Pan, Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Last Airbender, and more that I could list but it would take approximately 10 years to do so — Hollywood would stop doing it. Or at least, stop and think, “Hey, maybe this is a bad idea.” But no, producers and directors keep going back to the age-old “the white actor is the default” adage, even if the source material calls for the exact opposite.

To be fair, I may be working myself up into a frenzy over a rumor that will never come to fruition. The rumor is pretty heinous though: Guy Ritchie, who will be adapting Disney’s live-action version of Aladdin, wants to cast Tom Hardy as the movie’s villain, Jafar.

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Will Smith Playing Genie in Aladdin

Not too long ago, Will Smith was in talks for a role in Disney’s live-action remake of Dumbo as the studio continues to rehash all of their animated classics for new audiences. A deal was never finalized and now it sounds like we know why.

Smith is now in talks with Disney to take on the important role of Genie in the House of Mouse’s remake of their 1992 contemporary animated classic Aladdin. It’s a role that was played by the incomparable Robin Williams in the original movie, and it’s one of Disney’s most iconic characters. But is Will Smith the right guy to play the role?  Read More »

mondo disney show

Just when you thought you could put your wallet away and stop fretting over the dwindling wall space in your home, Mondo has to go ahead and announce a new gallery show built around Disney animated movies. A collaboration between the ever-popular pop culture art company and Cyclops Print Works, Never Grow Up: A Disney Art Show will open to the public next month. But three posters have arrived with the announcement: 101 Dalmatians, Aladdin, and Big Hero 6.

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Beauty and the Beast Theme Song Remake

This month, Beauty and the Beast joins Alice in WonderlandSleeping BeautyCinderella, and The Jungle Book on the list of Disney animated features that have undergone live-action makeovers. And over the next few years, that list is only going to grow. It seems like every week brings a major update on yet another Disney fairy tale, and the studio’s already got several dates set aside for these projects through 2019. Let’s take a look at all the Disney live-action remakes in development right now. Read More »

Aladdin Casting Call

Like Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast before it, Disney is giving their modern animated classic Aladdin a live-action remake. The House of Mouse made a surprising hire with The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Sherlock Holmes and Snatch director Guy Ritchie being brought on board for what will be a musical just like the original animated movie, and just as producer Dan Lin promised, they won’t be whitewashing the cast.

In fact, Disney is currently on the hunt for two brand new Middle Eastern stars to take the lead roles of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, going so far as to have an open casting call for anyone who thinks they’re good enough to take the roles. Find out more about the Aladdin casting call below. Read More »

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The internet has given millions of people a platform to complain about things that don’t matter in the entertainment world, but it has also given millions of people a platform to complain about things that really, really matter and should be carefully considered by everyone working in a creative field. The subject of Hollywood whitewashing, where ethnic characters and stories are given a painful Caucasian makeover, belong in the latter camp. For every Scott Derrickson, who genuinely listened to and learned from fans concerned about whitewashing in Doctor Strange, you have people in positions of authority who really, really don’t give a shit.

So when the producer of Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin says the cast will be diverse, we should all pause and take notice.

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