Guy Ritchie’s take on the Arabian tale, Aladdin, has wrapped after 6 months of shooting.
Mena Massoud (Aladdin), revealed via Twitter that the production has wrapped. The cast includes; Will Smith (Genie), Marwan Kenzari (Jafar), Naomi Scott (Jasmine), Nasim Pedrad (Dalia), Navid Negahban (Sultan), and Billy Magnussen (Prince Anders.
The film has had a couple of run-ins with controversy. Fans were surprised when Scott was cast as Jasmine, as Jasmine has been known to be an Arab/Persian princess. The name itself has Persian origins. More controversy was garnered when Prince Ahmed from the animated film was reported to be replaced by a white Prince Anders played by Magnusson. Disney did not respond to either controversy. News broke that background actors were being tanned on set, but Disney explained that the actions made were for specific individual, specifically, stunt members.
Aladdin has not gained the kind of traction as other live action adaptation like Lion King or Mulan. However, when a trailer or first looks are revealed it will be clearer whether the film will be a hit or not with fans of the animated feature.
This is Disney’s second live-action adaptation that take place in a fictionalized Middle East. The first being Prince of Persia based on the video games. However, Aladdin’s cast is more ethnically correct, and led by rising star Egyptian-Canadian actor, Mena Massoud. This is perhaps the first major Hollywood film to star a major Middle Eastern ensemble cast.
Aladdin is among many live action adaptation from Disney, the next one in active development is Mulan.
Aladdin is set to fly into theatres May 24th 2019.