aladdin casts billy magnussen

The live-action Aladdin has been under intense scrutiny by fans who were hoping for it to be an authentic depiction of the Middle Eastern-set story that the 1992 animated classic depicted. Well, as authentic as could be for a movie that mashed together Indian and Middle Eastern imagery spanning hundreds of years.

Still, diversity was an important aspect of this live-action adaptation, and Disney and director Guy Ritchie promised to make it a priority — despite rumblings that studio was having trouble finding actors of Middle Eastern and Indian descent to play its leads. Those concerns seemed to be for naught, however, when the film cast Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud as Aladdin and half-Indian, half-British actress Naomi Scott as Jasmine. However, Disney may have lost the goodwill surrounding the leads’ casting when it cast its first white actor Billy Magnussen as an original character who didn’t appear in the animated movie.

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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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aladdin remake

The other day, it was reported Disney and filmmaker Guy Ritchie were having trouble finding their stars for Aladdin following a worldwide search. The news was a bit of a surprise considering they met with over 2,000 actors, looking for unknowns of Middle Eastern or Indian descent to play Aladdin and Jasmine in the musical. Producer Dan Lin previously said “we’re not here to make Prince of Persia,” to put worries about whitewashing to rest – although we later heard a rumor both ridiculous but believable that Tom Hardy was looked at for the villianous role of Jafar.

At the D23 Expo, we learned that live-action adaptation of Aladdin has found the stars it was reportedly having so much difficulty casting.

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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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King Arthur Legend of the Sword Trailer - Charlie Hunnam

Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword shares its DNA with the big action movies of the late ‘90s/early 2000s. As insane as the proceedings become, there’s not a lick of shame or self-consciousness to be found anywhere; instead, there’s a rowdy energy and a penchant for some truly inspired visual spectacle. Granted, this heritage also comes with its own set of problems, and it’s the beats in which the movie adheres most closely to the template it’s cut from that are its weakest.

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Jude law

Initially scheduled to come out almost ten months ago, Guy Ritchie‘s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword finally opens in theaters this Friday. Unfortunately, it’s going up against Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 without the most promising buzz. Early reviews haven’t been kind to the film, and box-office analysts don’t see it going beyond $25 million this weekend. It is the new movie from Guy Ritchie, though, whose name, reviews be damned, is enough to get some of us to the theater.

Below, watch the King Arthur: Legend of the Sword featurette on Vortigern (Jude Law).

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King Arthur Legend of the Sword Clips

Warner Bros. Pictures is hoping their investment in the medieval epic King Arthur: Legend of the Sword will pay off when the movie from director Guy Ritchie hits theaters in a couple of weeks. The studio recently enlisted the help of the movie-going public by having 200 AMC Theatres locations around the United States host free sneak preview screenings for members of their AMC Stubs rewards program. Reportedly over 30,000 people attended, but it doesn’t seem like the buzz is overwhelmingly positive.

So Warner Bros. Pictures is doing their best to still pull in a big summer crowd the week after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters, and to entice viewers, they’ve released no less than 10 clips showing off the action, humor and style of the film. Since I attended one of the sneak preview screenings, I’ll provide some context, commentary and reaction to the clips in question, as well as some brief thoughts on the movie as a whole.

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The Man from UNCLE Sequel

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is the kind of fun, self-aware, stylish summer popcorn movie we don’t see often enough. Director Guy Ritchie‘s adaptation of Sam Rolfe‘s television series is one charismatic film with three leads we wouldn’t mind watching save the world, in impeccable style, every couple of years. Unfortunately, the slick action-comedy didn’t perform as well as it should’ve at the box-office back in 2015, making the odds of a sequel appear unlikely.

The makers of the film are still keen on bringing back Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) though. According to Hammer, the original film’s co-writer is currently writing a sequel. Below, read what the Free Fire star had to say about The Man From UNCLE sequel.

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King Arthur Legend of the Sword Trailer - Charlie Hunnam

Taking on the difficult task of opening the weekend after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Warner Bros. Pictures will attempt to wage war at the box office with their medieval action epic King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Initially, I only had a passing interest in this project from director Guy Ritchie, but this most recent trailer for the movie starring Charlie Hunnam as the titular king has officially piqued my interest. It’s like the fantasy action of Lord of the Rings mixed with the style of Sherlock Holmes with some Gladiator thrown in there for good measure, including Djimon Hounsou in the cast.

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King Arthur Legend of the Sword trailer

If you keep forgetting that King Arthur: Legend of the Sword hasn’t actually come out yet, you’re not alone. Indeed, if you keep forgetting it exists at all, you’re probably not alone there either. After all, it’s been nearly two years since Guy Ritchie entered production on his medieval fantasy epic, which was originally supposed to open in summer 2016. Even Warner Bros. barely seems to be paying this film any mind — they haven’t released a new trailer for its would-be franchise-starter since Comic-Con.

But with about three months to go until release, the studio is finally getting around to marketing it for real. Today, we’ve got the new King Arthur: Legend of the Sword trailer, starring Charlie Hunnam as the legendary leader and the Young Pope Jude Law as the villainous Vortigern. Eric BanaAstrid Bergès-FrisbeyDjimon HounsouAidan Gillen, and Eric Bana also star.  Read More »