The Disney Live action train is moving along rather smoothly, with the most recent release reaping massive rewards at the box office. Another beloved translation is also in the early statges of development, that being the musical classic Aladdin.
No casting decisions have been made thus far, as the project is stil in the script stages. Still, that doesn't keep fans or critics from playing arm chair quarterback with something as beloved as Aladdin, so why not put all the ideas in one place, right?
Producdr Dan Lin recently indicated that Disney is placing a great deal of importance to find atrue cast of color, as the term white washing has been a rather hot topic as of late. "Listen I’m very fortunate working in Hollywood; I am diverse. So when I came in to make the movie, I wanted to make a diverse version of the movie. Luckily for me Guy Ritchie has the same vision and Disney has the same vision, so we’re not here to make Prince of Persia. We want to make a movie that’s authentic to that world.”
Each film in their live-action series thus far has varied the approach in regards to musical numbers and changes in the story, with each project taken on a case by case basis. Lin said “Disney’s done an amazing job from Cinderella to now Beauty and the Beast—I saw it last week, the movie’s excellent. So they’ve really raised the bar for these musicals and these animation-to-live-action adaptations, that we have to then raise the bar on Aladdin. I actually think The LEGO Batman Movie’s helped me, because on the first LEGO Movie the bar was so high, and I actually think LEGO Batman’s exceeded that bar. It’s the same challenge with Aladdin—Disney’s done such a good job between Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and then Aladdin will hopefully be the next one up.”
Hit the next slide to see who ComicBook.com would cast in a live-action Aladdin!
Disney's current live-action remake, Beauty and the Beast, is in theaters now, and currently holds an 72.80 on ComicBook.com's anticipation rankings. You can view the official synopsis below.