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[quote="imekitty"]I would prefer that they write all new songs rather than try to shoehorn the deleted songs in there because those songs were written for a completely different story. That's why the Broadway show feels so oddly disjointed to me at times.[/quote]
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Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:29 pm
Updated to add Sultan! Seeing as how filming is underway now, that seems to be the official core cast, so no Iago, Abu, or Rajah to be found. They might make cheeky references or cameos in the film, but they all seem to be replaced with human equivalents save for Abu since it appears Aladdin will be totally alone in this one. Other casting can be found
Also announced today was Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders, which is causing controversy because no one is sure of why Disney needed to add a pseudo-European white prince in to the mix when the original movie had zero. If he's taking the place of Prince Achmed, that's fine I guess, but I'm not really here for him having a bigger role than that.
On a lighter note:
Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:46 pm
Well there's nothing that says Iago is out of the picture.
I'd say the movie is innocent until proven guilty
Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:09 pm
Noooo!!!! I wanted Iago to be his own character... Say it isn't so!!
Ahh, I'm honestly kinda pissed. Iago was a decently popular character at one point!
I just wanted to see someone else handle this hot tempered character. It won't be the same if his personality's not the same.
Erg, I'm sorry. I'm just really passionate about one of my favorite fictional characters of all time, hehe.
Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:53 pm
So I'm a month late to find this, but Alan Menken announced that he will be co-writing new songs with the lyricists of LA LA LAND
Also, Jafar will have a right-hand man to be played by Numan Acar. His name is Hakim, and he is also the head of the guards. SO I guess Iago + Rasoul = Hakim?
And this page says that the storytelling will be non-linear and not traditional:
Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:19 am
Honestly, as long as there are the main characters (Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, and Jafar) and Carpet, I don't care who they take out or add. I really want this to be a new telling of the story.
Posted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:45 pm
Here's some more info:
"She will play Mara, Jasmine’s handmaiden and friend. The part is described as a “comedic supporting role”
All this is making me anxious, lol. Only so many characters left to cast... What'll happen to Iago? I don't care if he's a bird or human or who plays him, I just want him to be there! No replacements. Even if all they'll do is a name change(and if that's the case, may I suggest naming him Othello?)
Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:22 pm
Wonder if they'll still do the steamy Jasmine/Jafar kiss.
Also, there is supposedly a new character to be played by Nasim Pedrad?
Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:11 pm
There just better be a fight scene. I don't want a repeat of the Broadway climax (i.e. super lame). :b
But I ain't complaining about Jafar being hot. I am never in opposition to sexy men.
Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:42 pm
I edited the original post and will keep doing so as we find more cast members, so consider this the official pre-filming thread.
Anyway, the internet reaction to Jafar being young and hot is killing me
. Jasmine is gonna be sitting there watching them fight like:
Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:02 pm
I would prefer that they write all new songs rather than try to shoehorn the deleted songs in there because those songs were written for a completely different story. That's why the Broadway show feels so oddly disjointed to me at times.
Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:20 am
I'm guessing they'll write a few new songs instead of using Broadway songs, like they did with the BatB remake. If they use any of them, I'd guess they'd use "Proud of Your Boy," especially since Menken has made it very clear how much that song means to him
Maybe they'll include his mom?
Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:13 pm
The original tale of Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp isn't a particularly great story...if I'm being honest. :b I do like it, but Disney made it something WAY better.
And as for putting in things from Howard Ashman's original concept/treatment like how they did in the Broadway show, I can only say that the Broadway show is...okay? I wasn't crazy about them doing that, and I'm not even sure Howard Ashman himself would've wanted that. It was a very nice gesture to honor his original vision, but eh...it just takes away a little bit from Aladdin's character and the drama/action from the movie. So I'm not sure how that would work in this movie.
I wouldn't mind "Proud of Your Boy" or "High Adventure" or "How Quick They Forget," though. And I do like "These Palace Walls." Jasmine needs her own song, totally. And maybe "Humiliate the Boy"? I really dig that one. So catchy. XD
Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:32 pm
I agree with the hesitation, Meesh. I think whenever one's beloved movie is made again, there's always that sense of fear of what may happen. I liked the live action Beauty and the Beast because it did clear up some plot holes I never understood as a kid and it had a few new songs I enjoyed (thanks Alan Menken!). However, I still prefer the original.
I had read somewhere that obviously the Aladdin live action will be heavily inspired by the animated movie, but also the original written story as well. Anyone else have any ideas on this? Do you think any of the stuff from the Broadway show that was supposed to be in the original movie (i.e.. Aladdin's friends vs Abu, "Proud of your Boy", etc) will make an appearance?
Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:39 am
Yes, I am hesitant about the idea as well. I am optimistic that Guy Ritchie won't turn it into a only-good-because-it's-beautiful-and-closes-some-plot-holes movie like the Beauty and the Beast remake.
I would like it if they do something new with it, like the Cinderella remake it. As opposed to BatB, which was almost a verbatim auto-tuned regurgitation of the original (albeit, a beautiful and enjoyable one, but kind of what was the point).
Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:58 pm
I just can't see it translating well to live-action. The animation is part of what makes the film so magical and breathtaking. I don't think live-action could even begin to capture that magic.
But like I said...I will try my hardest to just view it as a separate film...and we'll still always have the original to purify ourselves if needed.
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