We’ve mentioned the Disney live-action remakes that are currently being plotted out for the next decade or so. This includes 17 proposed live theatrical retellings of classic animated features, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Little Mermaid, and Pinocchio.
The remakes with the closest release year, 2019, have been announced as being Dumbo, The Lion King, and Mulan. While both Dumbo and The Lion King have basic production pretty well set, Mulan–the last scheduled to be released in 2019–doesn’t have any announced cast.
Funnily enough, even with those three big hitters coming up first, it’s the live-action Aladdin that’s been all the talk lately.
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The casting for Aladdin took, to put it simply, forever.
Disney announced in March of 2017 that they were beginning the casting call for their two leads. For the parts of Aladdin and Jasmine, they wanted them to be relatively unknown in the acting world, to be able to sing as well as act, and they needed to be of some sort of Middle Eastern or Indian descent.
Considering the acting world in Asia, where it’s basically a requirement to be a triple threat, it makes you wonder why this casting call seemed to be so difficult for Disney. I think Hollywood is just really, really scared of diversity? Maybe? (After Spider-Man: Homecoming was such a great step up, you’d think Disney would be more willing to just drink the Kool-Aid already and admit that, hey, Arabs and South Asians can sing and act, too!)
Okay, and I really have nothing against the casting choices that were decided upon. I mean, look at this adorable selfie posted by Will Smith, who will play Genie.
Oh, and let’s not forget how everyone is swooning over Marwan Kenzari, who will be playing Jafar. It’s okay to root for the bad guy, right?
All in all, I want this movie to be a success. I want it to take the tropes of the Middle East from the original, throw them away, and portray the realities of a very beautiful culture. Here’s hoping for a freaking awesome adaptation.
And, maybe–just maybe–Will Smith will reiterate this line. Just maybe. Because it’s a classic!
This print would probably be the greatest thing ever to hang up in a dorm, or in your tiny first apartment as a married couple. Just to, you know, appreciate the humor of your living arrangements!
As you as nervous for the Mulan live-action casting as I am?