Disney Responds to Live-Action Aladdin Brownface Accusations

Disney has responded to accusations that it darkened the skins of white actors for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Aladdin, confirming reports that it used brownface in the process.

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"Great care was taken to put together one of the largest most diverse casts ever seen on screen," Disney said in a statement. "Diversity of our cast and background performers was a requirement and only in a handful of instances when it was a matter of specialty skills, safety and control (special effects rigs, stunt performers and handling of animals) were crew made up to blend in."

A report from the Sunday Times alleging that Disney used makeup to darken the skins of white actors in order to fill a number of background roles appeared last Sunday, prompting backlash against the House of Mouse.

Aladdin will follow an incredibly successful stint of Disney live-action remakes that includes Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland and more. Dan Lin, a producer on the film, previously promised that the adaptation would not engage in "whitewashing."

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The live-action Aladdin was originally expected to begin a six-month shoot in July, however, casting delays appear to have altered the schedule. With the leads now set, filming should begin relatively soon. The project does not yet have a release date.

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