Following the buzz of Disney’s Live-Action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin steps into the spotlight. Disney announced the leading players via Twitter on Saturday, July 15th. The role of The Genie will be played by Two-time Oscar nominee, Will Smith. The title role of Aladdin will be played by Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan, Open Heart) with Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) as Princess Jasmine. Tony-Award-winning composer, Alan Menken, revealed that filming will begin this summer.
In addition to the classic score by Alan Menken, the live-action movie will feature a new song written by Tony and Oscar-Awarding winning dream team, Justin Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The writing duo won an Oscar earlier this year for their song “City of Stars” in La La Land, and a Tony for Best Original Score in Dear Evan Hansen.
The film will be directed by Guy Ritchie.
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