- By Kenne Hoffman
- Photo Courtesy of Disney
It’s a whole new world from director Guy Ritchie and Walt Disney Pictures as they bring the shining, shimmering, splendid world of Aladdin to life. In 1992 Robin Williams voiced the role of the Genie in the Golden Globe and Oscar-winning animated version. The 2014 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical followed. Based on the Arabic folk tale One Thousand and One Nights, Aladdin (played by Mena Massoud – Final Exam, Run This time) is the tale of the charming diamond in the rough Aladdin/Prince Ali and the courageous, self-determined Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott – The Martian, Terra Nova). This live action film version stars Will Smith (Men in Black, Fresh Prince of Bel Air) as the Genie.
Screenwriter and composer Alan Menken has co-written several new songs with Pasek & Paul (the multi award-winning songwriters of La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen) for the re-telling of this Disney Classic. A re-worked rap using the melody version of “A Friend Like Me” has been created to showcase Smith’s vocal talents.
The kindhearted street urchin known as Aladdin and the power-hungry Grand Vizier Jafar (Marwan Kenzari – The Mummy, Ben-Hur) vie for the magic lamp that has the power to make one’s deepest wishes come true. Aladdin was shot in the beautiful Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan, providing a hundred thousand things to see. Get your tickets early!
“Aladdin” hits theaters May 24th.