Disney's recent slate of remakes haven't shied away from amending the iconic animated source material they're inspired by. Maleficent added a Wicked-esque twist, Beauty and the Beast added a slew of new songs and Guy Ritchie's hotly anticipated Aladdin remake promises to add a sense of agency to one of the most beloved princesses of the Disney Renaissance.
Though the marketing has mainly focused on the titular Aladdin (Mena Massoud), the re-imagined world of Agrabah and, most recently, a glimpse of Will Smith's Genie that set the internet ablaze, producers recently told Empire Magazine that Jasmine also has a larger, more independent role in the upcoming release.
After a memorable and action-packed turn in 2017's Power Rangers, fans will be thrilled to hear Naomi Scott won't be reduced to simply sitting around waiting for a magic carpet ride in the new film. Producer Dan Lin explained that “In the original movie, it felt like [Jasmine] didn’t have as compelling a goal” beyond finding "the love of her life." Lin assured that while her quest for a charming prince is still a factor in the film, "she also wants to see more of Agrabah, and take more of a leadership role in ruling the city. Her character has a much stronger journey.”
Directed by Guy Ritchie, Disney's Aladdin stars Mena Massoud in the title role, with Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Will Smith as the Genie, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, Navid Negahban as The Sultan, Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders and Numan Acar as Hakim. The film arrives on May 24.
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