Guy Ritchie's 'Aladdin' remake has 'much stronger' role for Jasmine

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 February 2019
Naomi Scott

Naomi Scott

Naomi Scott's Jasmine will take more of a "leadership role" in Guy Ritchie's live-action reboot of 'Aladdin'

Guy Ritchie's 'Aladdin' remake will have a "much stronger journey" for Princess Jasmine.

The film's producer Dan Lin revealed that Naomi Scott's take on the character in the live-action reboot of the animated 1992 Disney classic will take more of a "leadership role" in the ruling of fictional city Agrabah and won't be entirely focused on her romance with Aladdin, played by Mena Massoud.

In an interview with Empire, Dan said: "In the original movie, it felt like [Jasmine] didn't have as compelling a goal. Her main aim was to find the love of her life. In this case, the romance is important, but 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."

The upcoming film will also star Will Smith as the Genie and the Hollywood star previously admitted he was "terrified" of taking on the role, which was previously played by late comic Robin Williams.

Robin's performance in 'Aladdin' received much critical acclaim, including earning him a Special Achievement Award at the Golden Globes, and Will has admitted to being slightly intimidated about having to follow in the footsteps of the actor.

He previously said: "I was terrified doing the Genie after Robin Williams. But I found a lane that pays homage. It is my own thing, you know? So, I think people are going to love it."

Will, 50, also previously teased the much-anticipated new film was "spectacular".

He enthused: "I have worked at most of the studios, and Disney just knows what they are doing. It was really a spectacular team of people that came together around a classic story. It's so spectacular, it's such a beautiful movie and I can't wait for people to see it."

Aladdin

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 8min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Guy Ritchie
  • Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Numan Acar, Billy Magnussen, Alan Tudyk, Frank Welker
  • UK release: 22 May 2019

Disney’s live-action version of 1992’s Aladdin features a fun, fast-talking and scene-stealing Smith and terrific work from Massoud and Scott as Aladdin and Jasmine, but against that there’s some weird VFX, odd directorial choices and a well-intentioned but clunky female empowerment number. Enjoyable and entertaining…

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