Filming wraps on Disney’s live-action Aladdin

Due to be in cinemas for summer 2019, the remake of this 1992 animated classic has wrapped principle photography and will now go into post production.

Starring Will Smith – or at least, you suspect, his voice and mo-capped movements – in the Genie role made famous by the late, great Robin Williams, Aladdin stands second in an ever-growing line of live-action revisits to the Disney vault.

Scheduled to appear in cinemas May 2019, the Guy Ritchie – yes, really, Snatch Guy Ritchie – movie will be book-ended by Tim Burton’s Dumbo (March ’19) and Jon Favreau’s The Lion King (July ’19) as part of a busy time for the studio. Two more as-yet-untitled live action remakes are then due for 2020 and 2021.

With such matters way ahead in the future, though, it appears the cast is currently concerning itself with celebrating their time on-set, with tweets like this from the film’s hero, Mena Massoud. Their work is done, for now, as the filmmakers begin the long and no-doubt laborious task of pixel-wrangling all the computer generated characters that will bridge the old and the new styles.

Exactly how closely the film new production of Aladdin will adhere either to its source animation, or the stage musical – which you can see in London at Prince Edward Theatre, on Broadway at the New Amsterdam, or in its Australian, German or Japanese productions – is far from clear. If anything, the template for these movies, Favreau’s Jungle Book, relied less on song and dance than the original.

Here’s hoping Ritchie doesn’t go the same way.

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