Walt Disney Picture’s remake of the hit 1992 Aladdin musical animation, into a live-action fantasy musical will soon be released. UK cinemas are set to roll out the movie on May 22, 2019, followed by U.S. movie houses on May 24, 2019.
Using the same story line about a young riff raff’s adventure and romance with a beautiful princess, whilst also featuring the blue-colored Genie coming out of the mystical magic lamp, audience will enjoy yet another enthralling version of a popular “One Thousand and One Nights” folktale.
Guy Ritchie who is at the helm as director and co-screenplay writer to John August, added a new character, not at all included in the 1992 Aladdin animation.
Cast of Main Characters Comprising the 2019 Aladdin Live-Action Musical
Young Canadian actor Mena Massoud tackled the Aladdin title role, who despite his 27 years of age, was able to convincingly portray an 18-year old vagabond roaming the streets of the port city Agrabah. Captivated by the beauty of strong-willed Prince Jasmine, portrayed by Naomi Scott, the two makes a perfect pair despite the difference in their stature.
Will Smith took on the more challenging task of portraying the iconic Genie role previously handled with much aplomb by the late Robin Williams. Smith’s fans are bit bedazzled by his blue-all-over appearance, part of the daunting task of making his Genie character similar yet different from the much-loved Genie animation projected in the 1992 Aladdin movie.
Still, Will Smith commented that the idea of taking on a role made iconic by Robin Williams, was terrifying, saying
“Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character.”
The 2019 Aladdin movie will also be bringing back the Sultan of Agrabah, the fiendish Jaffar and a host of supporting characters including Aladdin’s pet monkey bu and Jafar’s wisecracking parrot, Iago.
Aladdin 2019 Musical Scoring
The remake’s musical scoring was entrusted to no less than Alan Mencken, genius composer of the score for the original Aladdin movie.
Stil, the duo behind the hit musicals “La La Land” and The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek and Justin Paul was around to work with Mencken in producing additional songs and in rearranging the original scoring for the live-action musical.