All aboard Disney‘s magic carpet ride! For, the studio have finally confirmed the cast of its much anticipated ‘Aladdin’ live-action remake.
After reportedly “struggling” to secure stars for the flick, the media force have signed newcomer Mena Massoud for the lead role of Aladdin, while ‘Power Rangers’ actress Naomi Scott will play Jasmine.
Their recruitment brings an end what some sources claim was a mammoth search for the picture’s protagonists, with names such as Riz Ahmed and Dev Patel initially eyed.
In a major coup, Will Smith has been formally announced as Genie – confirming speculation that had been building for months.
Set to commence shooting in London next month, the picture is being directed by Guy Ritchie.
Nostalgia and re-tellings are a tried and proven path to box office success in today’s climate, so we’re of the “why not” mindset. Especially if done correctly.
We just hope that for every big-budget revisiting of stories already told, studios will commit to the creation of new ones.