John August (Big Fish) wrote the script for the new Aladdin film, which is due for release from Disney sometime in 2019.
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With any remake of a film as beloved as Aladdin-and especially one so susceptible to critiques of whitewashing-there's bound to be some pushback against a casting announcement, and Scott and Massoud haven't been immune to this. Disney was only waiting to cast Aladdin, depending on whom, the final call on Jasmine's role would be made.
Despite the fact, Aladdin is located in the fictional make-believe country of Agrabah, fans of the film have long assumed it is a country which would be in the Middle East. While Massoud ultimately won the role, other actors considered included Achraf Koutet and George Kosturos, while Scott had been considered a frontrunner to play Jasmine. Finally, the Genie will be interpreted by Will Smith, as we knew for several days already!
Disappointed fans expressed their dismay in social media. The casting has also gotten a lot of attention over whether the leads should be Middle Eastern actors. Another tweet says Scott as Jasmine can not be tolerated. It's a re-telling of Disney's original 1992 animated film, though we're yet to see who will land the role of the villainous Jafar. Guy Ritchie was previously announced as director. They are confident that Smith's fame is more than enough to bank on.