First Look At The Cast Of Disney’s Live-Action “Aladdin”

Entertainment Weekly has our first look at director Guy Ritchie’s live-action adaptation of “Aladdin.”

“My skills and experience could add enough to make it feel fresh and worth it, but not so much so that it would wash away nostalgia,” Ritchie tells EW. He adds that because he has five children, “making a kids’ film was very appealing to me.”

 

The film stars Mena Massoud as the title character alongside Will Smith as the Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, and Numan Acar.

The film has drawn criticism for its decision to add a new original white character by casting actor Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders which fans and critics deemed “unnecessary” and “offensive”, sparking accusations of whitewashing to the film while pointing out the irony regarding the worldwide search for actors and actresses to play the leads in connection to the controversy.

The decision to hire non-Arab, non-Middle Eastern and half-white Anglo Indian actress Naomi Scott to play the lead female Princess Jasmine has also drawn criticism as well as accusations of colorism, although certain members of the cast, particularly Negahban and Pedrad, are of Iranian descent while Acar is of Turkish descent.

Smith is tasked with the hardest job of the film. Trying to top or at least replicate the magic Robin Williams brought to the role in the animated film. If there is anyone who can do it though you have to imagine its Will Smith.

Aladdin is scheduled to be released in 3D, Dolby Cinema and IMAX by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on May 24, 2019.

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