Disney’s Aladdin: Cast, release date, soundtrack and trailer revealed
19 October 2018, 13:15
‘Aladdin’ is the latest Disney animation to receive a live-action remake – and the first trailer has just been teased. Here’s everything you need to know about the film’s cast, release date and soundtrack.
Disney has just given us a sneak-peek of the live-action remake of Aladdin starring Will Smith, which is expected to hit cinemas in May 2019.
In this first glimpse of the new film, directed by Guy Ritchie, we see the Cave of Wonders guarded by the stone tiger, similar to the opening of the original Disney animation.
The grizzly voiceover announces: “Only one may enter here...one whose worth lies far within...the diamond in the rough.”
We also catch a glimpse of actor Mena Massoud, who will play Aladdin, reaching for the genie’s lamp at the end of the trailer.
Who will star in the cast of Aladdin?
Last year, it was announced that Will Smith will star in Aladdin as the Genie. Smith will be filling the shoes of Robin Williams, who played the voice of the Genie in the 1992 animation.
Naomi Scott will make her major film role debut as Princess Jasmine, while Mena Massoud will star as Aladdin.
Naomi Scott most recently starred as Kimberly Hart in Power Rangers (2017), while Mena Massoud has worked mostly in television, appearing in the 2015 series Open Heart and the Amazon series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.
Marwan Kenzari, who recently appeared in Murder on the Orient Express (2017) will play the villain Jafar.
Which songs will appear on the soundtrack?
The soundtrack for Disney’s live-action Aladdin is expected to be just as magical as the 1992 film, which included the songs ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Friend Like Me’ by composer Alan Menken and won an Academy Award for Best Original Score.
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul – the composing duo behind La La Land and The Greatest Showman – are teaming up with Menken to compose a number of new tracks, including a new solo for Jasmine and a duet with Aladdin.
“We got to write a new song for Jasmine,” Paul told Variety. “Alan wrote a beautiful piece of music and [Naomi Scott] is incredible.”
According to PopSugar, Pasek and Paul have also written a new verse for ‘Arabian Nights’, which was originally written by Menken and the late Howard Ashman.
When will the trailer for Aladdin be released?
The first teaser trailer for Aladdin – which admittedly doesn’t reveal a lot – was released on 11 October. A longer trailer is expected to arrive later this year.
What is the release date for Aladdin?
Aladdin will arrive in cinemas on 24 May 2019.