By Oluwatoyin Adeleye
Our childhood Disney favourite, Aladdin is coming back to cinemas in 2019, but with significant changes to suit the current times.
Apparently, the works by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, who wrote “A Whole New World”, “Prince Ali”, “Arabian Nights” and “To Be Free” will still feature in Guy Ritchie’s remake, but could be overshadowed by new songs. Recall that the original Aladdin film was released in 1992.
These mysterious melodies will be written and composed by the geniuses behind La La Land, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The duo are also known as “Pasek and Paul”, following numerous successful collaborations. The two Americans won an Oscar for “City of Stars”.
According to Variety, they’ve written a new song for Jasmine, another for Jasmine and Aladdin, and new verses to “Arabian Nights”.
The film itself might also surprise viewers with cast and content. Aladdin will be played by Canadian actor Mena Massoud while Naomi Scott, an English actress and singer, will play the princess Jasmine.
Will Smith will play the role of the genie and Marwan Kenzari has been cast as Jafar. The faithful right-hand man of the evil sorcerer will be played by Numan Acar, the Turkish actor who starred in In the Fade.
Aladdin is scheduled for release in the US on May 24, 2019.
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