A live-action remake of Disney classic Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie and based on the 1992 classic, is hitting cinemas in 2019, and promises to be full of new versions of the original movie’s hit songs.
When will the film be released in the UK, what’s it about and who’s in the cast?
Speaking about taking on the role, Smith told Entertainment Weekly: “Whenever you’re doing things that are iconic, it’s always terrifying. The question is always: Where was there meat left on the bone? Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character.”
He added that he would not try to “compete” with Williams’ performance, instead bringing a different character to the role: “Just the flavour of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete.”
Mena Massoud (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) stars as Aladdin, while Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) appears as Princess Jasmine. Marwan Kenzari is the villainous Jafar, Nasim Pedrad is playing Jasmine’s handmaiden Mara, Navid Negahban will star as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the guards.
Alan Tudyk – who played droid K-2SO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – will voice parrot Iago, and Billy Magnussen will also play a character called Prince Anders, a part which did not exist in the 1992 film.
What is Aladdin about?
Based on the Disney original, Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin remake tells the story of a charming “street rat” who meets a princess called Jasmine and a Genie who could be the key to their future.
It is set in the fictitious port city of Agrabah and is written by John August (Dark Shadows, Big Fish) and Ritchie.