Disney seems to be on a mission to bring their classic films to life on the big screen. The Jungle Book came out last year, and Beauty and the Beast hits theaters later this year. Their next project is a live-action Aladdin, which won’t be out for a few years.
There have been no casting announcements made for the film yet, but fans are fearful of the cast being white-washed, which is when a Caucasian actor is given a role in a film where they’re portraying a character of color ( we could give examples, but then we’d be here all year). A good point to bring up now is that the film’s producer, Dan Lin, sat down with Collider and confirmed on record, that no whitewashing would be taking place in this film. Check out the official statement below:
“Look at me. (Laughs) I mean I’m not a typical guy. Listen I’m very fortunate working in Hollywood; I am diverse. So when I came in to make the movie, I wanted to make a diverse version of the movie. Luckily for me Guy Ritchie has the same vision and Disney has the same vision, so we’re not here to make Prince of Persia. We want to make a movie that’s authentic to that world. We’re gonna be discovering new people because it’s a real challenge, because not only does an actor have to act, but they really have to have singing chops.”
Name dropping Prince of Persia was a bold thing to do, but the man isn’t wrong for using that example. Hollywood has been big on whitewashing roles lately (*cough* Ghost in The Shell *cough*), but it’s comforting knowing that there are a few people working on films today that still care about authenticity in their movies. We just hope they’re able to find some fresh talent for the roles.
Aladdin has yet to receive a release date.