Disney’s wild experiment in seeing how many times you’re going to pay for the same damn movie continues with Aladdin, a remake of its 1992 hit animated film.
Well, the House of Mouse has announced who’s about to take you to a whole new world (that you’ve already seen before in 1992, but whatever):
Mena Massoud will be playing Aladdin. Massoud’s resume includes work in Open Heart and the upcoming TV series Jack Ryan (based off of Lee Child’s novels). Massoud was born in Egypt and raised in Canada.
Above: But will he have those eyebrows? (Walt Disney Pictures)
Who’s playing dashing Arab princess Jasmine, you ask? Why, the very Arab-sounding Naomi Scott, a.k.a the Pink Power Ranger from the recent Power Rangers reboot. Which is kind of funny: Scott’s mother is descendant from India and Scott be playing an Arab, an inverse of the announcement earlier today regarding Bohemian Rhapsody, which will have an Arab play an Indian. Brown people, am I right? We’re all the same.
And filling-in for Robin Williams is the one and only Will “So That’s It, Huh? We’re Some Kind of Suicide Squad” Smith, who’ll undoubtedly be making a kind of fresh prince out of Aladdin and ensure hijinks galore.
Guy Ritchie, the guy (so to speak) behind works like Snatch (2000) and RocknRolla (2008), will be helming the movie. I have no idea how this happened or how Ritchie’s going to make Aladdin in his signature style, but it really does feel like a whole new world.
Filming will begin next August in London.
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