Guy Ritchie's Aladdin to feature new songs by Greatest Showman lyricists

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 March 2018
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Guy Ritchie's upcoming live-action reboot of Disney's 'Aladdin' is set to feature two new songs by 'The Greatest Showman' team

Guy Ritchie's live-action remake of Disney's 'Aladdin' will feature two new songs written by 'The Greatest Showman' songwriters.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are receiving continual praise for their Academy Award nominated song 'This Is Me' from the Hugh Jackman-starring original musical.

But despite failing to win the Original Song category on Sunday (04.03.18), they revealed they have collaborated with long-time Disney composer Alan Menken for the upcoming new movie.

Pasek told Variety: "We're really thrilled that we got to collaborate with one of our heroes Alan Menken.

"We collaborated with him and wrote the lyrics for two new songs for 'Aladdin' that's coming out next year.

"We're really excited for that, and really thrilled to be a part of the Disney family."

The new movie stars Will Smith as The Genie, Mena Massoud as the titular character, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Marwan Kanzari as the villain Jafar.

The impressive cast also includes 'Homeland' star Numan Acar who is reportedly set to play Hakim - head of the guards and right hand man to the feature's villain Jafar.

Former 'Saturday Night Live' star Nasim Pedrad has been chosen to play new character Mara, a handmaiden and friend to Jasmine along with Billy Magunssen as Prince Anders.

'Charlie and The Chocolate Factory' writer John August penned the script for the musical movie, which is believed to be non-linear in its structure, something that is a hallmark of Ritchie's early work on movies like cult British crime romps 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' and 'Snatch'.

The story is based on the Middle Eastern folk tale of Aladdin who is granted three wishes by a genie who is captive inside a magic lamp.

The 1992 original animated feature - which saw the late great Robin Williams voice The Genie - won two Oscars, Best Music and Original Song for 'A Whole New World'.

'Aladdin' has also been turned into a hit stage show playing at theatres all over the world.

The movie is just one of the many films that Disney are rebooting, as new versions of 'Dumbo', 'Mulan', 'Peter Pan', 'The Lion King', 'Pocahontas' and 'The Little Mermaid' are also in the works.

Aladdin

  • 2019
  • US
  • Directed by: Guy Ritchie
  • Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, Numan Acar

Live-action remake of the 1992 animated Disney film, directed by Guy Richie and starring Will Smith as the Genie.

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