Disney announced a live action remake of the Disney classic, Aladdin, in 2016. Since then, fans have been concerned about the ethnicity of the cast and if Disney would white-wash the movie.
Collider spoke with Dan Lin, the producer of the film, and he gave some good news on the subject.
“Look at me. (Laughs) I mean I’m not a typical guy. 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.”
“We’re gonna be discovering new people because it’s a real challenge, because not only does an actor have to act, but they really have to have singing chops.”
The film will have to follow up movies like Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast. He said this about that.
“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.”
This news sounds good, the best way to do an Aladdin movie is to make the actors Indian. I don’t know why Disney would let do that, but it is great to hear that they are making the film feel a lot more real ( despite it having a genie) and have the setting feel authentic.
Also, finding unknowns is a good idea, because I want to look at someone and say “That’s Aladdin!”, and not think it’s a celebrity.
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