Live action remakes seem to be a huge part of Disney’s business portfolio in recent years, with such films as “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Maleficent,” “Snow White and the Huntsmen,” “The Jungle Book,” and “Dumbo.”
The newest in the live action lineup is “Aladdin,” which is set to hit theaters this weekend.
In the film, a street rat frees a genie from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming prince in order to marry a beautiful princess. But soon, an evil sorcerer becomes hell-bent on securing the lamp for his own sinister purposes.
Those wondering if there’s any chance Will Smith can live up to Robin Williams’ performance as the Genie in “Aladdin,” Smith sets the record straight during an interview with Jimmy Fallon.
“I got presented to play the Genie in Aladdin and at first I was like ‘hell no,’” he said. “Robin Williams smashed that role and when you look at things like that you always try to find what would you do differently — what would you add to that.
“I didn’t feel like I wanted to touch it, but then I spent some time with it and met with the directors and talked about it,” he said.
It was actually the song “You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me,” that solidified the decision to move forward with the role.
Other individuals starring in the film include: Mena Massoud (“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” and “Open Heart”) as Aladdin, Naomi Scott (“Power Rangers” and “The 33”) as Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari (“What Happened to Monday” and “Ben-Hur”) as Jafar and Navid Negahban (“12 Strong” and “Homeland”) as the Sultan.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, the film is rated PG for some action/peril.
Other films releasing at the box office this weekend include:
n “Booksmart,” directed by Olivia Wilde and starring Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Billie Lourd and Skylar Gisondo. The story follows two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high school graduation, suddenly realize that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.
The film is rated R for strong sexual content and language throughout, drug use and drinking — all involving teens.
n “Brightburn,” directed by David Yarovesky and starring Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn and Matt Jones. What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?
This film is rated R for horror violence/bloody images and language.
The synopsis for the movies in the article were taken from the Rotten Tomatoes website.