An insider behind the scenes of the live-action adaptation of Disney’s “Aladdin” revealed that executives were not impressed with the first cut, so they want to do a reshoot to include more Middle Eastern extras.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, the movie is scheduled to wrap up filming sometime in January 2019. However, after seeing the first cut, Disney executives were not satisfied.
“Disney wasn’t massively impressed with the first draft and had its cast return to London to reshoot parts of the movie,” the unnamed insider told The Sun newspaper via Manchester Times. “They are eager for it to do as well as last year’s ‘Beauty & The Beast’, which made £1 billion at the box office.”
The live-action adaptation of “Aladdin” drew massive outrage after reports emerged a few months ago regarding Disney “browning up” White actors to make them look Middle Eastern.
The Aladdin remake needs reshoots bc the studio is unimpressed. They originally cast white extras that they used make-up on to appear Middle Eastern. But now they want to be “authentic, so they cast more Middle Eastern extras for crowd scenes.” Using make-up was NEVER gonna work. pic.twitter.com/7XJjGunR6a
— nerdy (@nerdyasians) August 29, 2018
“They want it to be respectful and feel authentic, so they cast more Middle Eastern extras for crowd scenes,” the unnamed source continued in the statement. “Will Smith also came back for the reshoots because they decided to expand his role as the Genie. Now they are a lot more confident with what they have.”
— Disney (@Disney) September 6, 2017
“Aladdin” is scheduled to be released in cinemas in May 2019. It will star Canadian actor Mena Massoud in the titular role, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari as the evil councilman Jafar, with Will Smith playing Genie.
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