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  • Sir Patrick Stewart campaigned for the role of Jafar. He had previously turned down the role in Aladdin (1992) and has regretted it ever since.
  • Guy Ritchie was primarily interested in doing the film because it was the Disney story he was closest to: "My stories are really about street hustlers. That's what I know how to do. And Aladdin is a classic street hustler who makes good." He also decided to do a children's film for his five children.
  • The filmmakers took an extensive casting call to find actors of the right ethnicity for the film, having an Arabian setting. In the end, the cast comprised of actors of Arab/Middle Eastern/Central Asian/Southern Asian descent: * Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud (Aladdin) * Anglo-Indian actress Naomi Scott (Jasmine) * Dutch-Tunisian actor Marwan Kenzari (Jafar) * Iranian-American actors Navid Negahban (the Sultan) and Nasim Pedrad (Dalia) * Turkish-German actor Numan Acar (Hakim).
  • Jade Thirlwall and Tara Sutaria were considered for the role of Jasmine.
  • Tom Hardy was rumored for the role of Jafar, but this caused another outcry in an ongoing debate among viewers about Hollywood's perceived whitewashing practices (which had peaked with the casting of Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell (2017)). Hardy was reportedly director Guy Ritchie's preferred choice for the role, but later stated that there was not truth to the rumors that he would play the role. Marwan Kenzari was later cast as Jafar.
  • Production had originally been scheduled to begin in July 2017, but got delayed due to Disney having trouble finding the right people to play Aladdin and Jasmine.
  • Dutch actor Achraf Koutet and American actor George Kosturos had tested for the role of Aladdin before Canadian actor Mena Massoud was cast.
  • Indian actress Tara Sutaria was considered to play Jasmine before British actress and singer Naomi Scott was cast.
  • Dev Patel, Avan Jogia and Riz Ahmed were considered to play Aladdin.
  • Pro wrestler/WWE Superstar Mustafa Ali Adeel Alam campaigned to play Aladdin.
  • Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith were announced for the roles of Aladdin, Jasmine, and Genie.
  • On July 15th, 2015 Disney made the official announcement that they were making a live-action version of their animated film; Aladdin (1992). It was two years to the day of that official announcement that on July 15th, 2017 that they would ironically make the official announcement of the film's cast at Disney's D23.
  • Mena Massoud (Aladdin) was thought to've been born in 1992, - the same year as the release of the original animated film.Aladdin (1992), but this proven wrong closer to the film's release when Massoud himself officially confirmed that he was actually born in 1991, one year before the release of original film.
  • Naomi Scott is the second Anglo-Indian actress to play Jasmine, after Karen David in Once Upon a Time (2011).
  • This film has been homaged in two previous Disney live-action films: The Jungle Book (2016) the genie's lamp was spotted in King Louie's temple. Beauty and the Beast (2017) a model of Agrabah castle appeared during "Be Our Guest".
  • Dan Lin is producing the film, he also previously worked with director Guy Ritchie on Sherlock Holmes.
  • Nasim Pedrad, who plays Jasmine's maid Dalia, had previously played Jasmine in an episode of Saturday Night Live featuring Lindsay Lohan/Jack White (2012) as host/musical guest, respectively.
  • After being cast as Jafar, Marwan Kenzari was being called Hot Jafar. His depiction of the character does not have a song of his own in this film.
  • Avan Jogia was considered for the role of Aladdin.
  • This is Disney's second live-action adaptation of a Middle Eastern tale, after Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010). Both the Prince of Persia and Aladdin sagas feature an evil vizier who schemes for power (and tries to forcibly possess a princess).
  • This is Billy Magnussen's second live-action Disney film, after Into the Woods (2014) where he also played a prince.
  • There were rumors that Gilbert Gottfried would be reprising his role as Iago from the original franchise. However, it was later confirmed that Alan Tudyk would be taking up the role, to the disappointment of many fans.
  • There are rumors Frank Welker would be reprising his role as Abu the Monkey from the original animated franchise. In the teaser trailer released in October 2018, it IS his voice featured as the Cave of Wonders, but it has yet to be known if it was a new recorded version, or an archival recording from the original film.
  • Will Smith was offered to play Holt Farrier in Dumbo (2019) but decided to star in this film instead. This makes him the second actor to choose a live-action remake of a Disney Renaissance film over a live-action adaptation of a Walt Disney animated movie. Emma Watson was offered the titular role in Cinderella (2015) but chose to play Belle in Beauty and the Beast (2017) instead. Also, Danny DeVito was offered to play Maurice in Beauty and the Beast (2017) but chose to play Max Medici in Dumbo (2019) instead.
  • Jasmine's pet tiger Rajah does not appear in this film; he has been replaced with a female attendant named Dalia.
  • Marc Elliott was rumored to be approached for the role of Aladdin but allegedly turned it down, citing his ethnicity as unfit for the character. He is also 13 years older than Mena Massoud, who was ultimately cast as Aladdin, and 14 years older than Naomi Scott (Jasmine).
  • Was released several months before the original's 27th anniversary.
  • In January 2018, it was reported that the white extras were being applied with brown make-up during filming in order to "blend in" which caused an outcry among fans and critics.
  • Gabriel Iglesias was in the running to play the Genie.
  • Terry Rossio criticized the remake for not crediting him, Ted Elliott and directors John Musker and Ron Clements. Fortunately, the oversight had been fixed.
  • The second live action adaptation of a Disney animated feature film where all characters that had American accents in the original film retain them rather than be changed to British accents, following The Jungle Book (2016). This does not include Christopher Robin (2018) where only Pooh Bear, Tigger and Eeyore retained their American accents, same said for Dumbo (2019) where all the characters who have spoken dialogue did not appear in the original film and since none of the animal characters speak due to the film's change of perspective.
  • Robin Williams did not reprise his role as Genie in the live-action reboot this is because he tragically passed away in 2014 of a suicide method at the age of 63. He was replaced by Will Smith who was originally going to appear in Dumbo (2019).
  • Will Smith recorded "Friend Like Me" on the first day he met with the composers.
  • Will Smith based his role as Genie on his 1990s roles (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Mike Lowrey, Steven Hiller, Agent J): "There hasn't been a lot of that hip-hop flavor in Disney history, so I think it'll stand out as unique even in the Disney world."
  • The production crew based Genie's look on 1970s parents: "He's big enough to feel like a force - not muscular, but formidable enough that you knew when he was in the room."
  • Guy Ritchie chose Will Smith to be Genie because he believed Smith could give a performance as good as the late Robin Williams, but not similar: "Just the flavor of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete."
  • Guy Ritchie originally thought of shooting in Morocco for Agrabah, but decided against it and went with designing Agrabah as an original location.
  • Production designer Gemma Jackson drew inspiration from Moroccan, Persian, and Turkish cultures, Victorian paintings, and Iznik ceramics for the design of Agrabah.
  • Will Smith assured fans that his genie character will be blue, just like in the 1992 animated version.
  • Will Smith's firstborn son Trey Smith, was born the same year, the animated version came out back in 1992.
  • Mena Massoud was born a year before Aladdin (1992) and Naomi Scott was born a year after it.
  • Genie's blue suit as Prince Ali's servant is based on James Monroe Iglehart's appearance in the "Aladdin" Broadway musical.
  • Agrabah in this film is portrayed as a port city, while in Aladdin (1992) it is said to be situated at the Jordan River.
  • This is Alan Tudyk's eigth Disney film, after Wreck-It Ralph (2012) (King Candy/Turbo), Frozen (2013) (the Duke of Weselton), Big Hero 6 (2014) (Alistair Krei), Zootopia (2016) (Duke Weaselton), Moana (2016) (providing the vocal effects for Heihei the Chicken) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (K-2SO), and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) (KnowsMore). It's also his fourth one as a villain and second as a bird.
  • This film features one Academy Award nominee: Will Smith. Will Smith was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, for the films tt024866 and The Pursuit of Happyness (2006).
  • Alan Tudyk's third voice acting performance in a live action film, after Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) (sharing credit with Matthew Gray Gubler as Simon) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (K-2SO), the prior of which was also distributed by Disney. It is also his only appearance in a live action reboot of an animated Disney classic.
  • Though a different incarnation of the character, this is the first time that Iago is voiced by someone other then Gilbert Gottfried, after having previously voiced the character's original animated counterpart in all appearances prior (films, TV, video games, etc.).
  • Alan Tudyk and Will Smith were both in I, Robot (2004). In addition to this they both collaborated with Jack Black in Enemy of the State (1998), Shark Tale (2004), and Ice Age (2002).
  • Alan Tudyk's first of the three films of 2019 where he voices a character the later two being Wish Dragon (2019) and The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) both of which produced by Sony Animation.
  • The third Guy Ritchie film to be both shot with digital cameras and Filmed in Panavision (anamorphic), after The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017).
  • Will Smith (Genie) also starred in the film The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) alongside Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer Simpson and many others in The Simpsons (1989)), who also did the voice Genie in a number of roles of various TV series, films, video shorts, and video games (prior to being replaced by Jim Meskimen in 2008). Of these roles the most notable included Aladdin and the Return of Jafar (1994), Aladdin (1994), and the video games Kingdom Hearts (2002) and Kingdom Hearts II (2005), along with voicing Genie as part of a dream sequence in MyPods and Boomsticks (2008) where his conversing with Homer was part of an inside joke.
  • Will Smith said that he was "terrified" while playing the character, but that "[he] found a lane that pays homage" to Robin Williams' performance in the original film, while still making the role "[his] own thing".
  • Principal photography began on September 6, 2017, at Longcross Studios in Surrey, England, and wrapped on January 24, 2018. Part of the film was shot in Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan. Reshoots took place during August 2018. In January 2018, it was reported that the white extras were being applied brown make-up during filming in order to "blend in", which caused an outcry and condemnation among fans and critics, branding the practice as "an insult to the whole industry" while accusing the producers of not recruiting people with Middle-Eastern or North African heritage. Disney responded to the controversy, saying, "Diversity of our cast and background performers was a requirement and only in a handful of instances when it was a matter of specialty skills, safety and control (special effects rigs, stunt performers and handling of animals) were crew made up to blend in."
  • The visual effects were provided by Industrial Light & Magic and supervised by Michael Mullholland, Daniele Bigi, and David Seager with the help of Hybride Technologies, DNEG, Nzviage, and Proof.
  • Will Smith's first born son, Will "Trey" Smith Jr. was born the same year the original Aladdin came out in 1992.
  • Jim Carrey was the original choice for the Genie but at the time he was involved in a much publicized lawsuit so couldn't commit to any long term work.
  • Frank Welker reprises his roles as Abu and the Cave of Wonders from the original film, making him the first cast member from a Disney animated feature to play the same character(s) in the live-action remake.
  • Will Smith's first Disney Movie.
  • Alan Tudyk's third time voice acting in a live-action film after Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) (sharing credit with Matthew Gray Gubler as Simon) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (K-2SO), the prior of which is distributed by Disney (though technically under the LucasFilms label).
  • WILHELM SCREAM: Heard when Genie dresses Aladdin in one of the rejected Prince Ali outfits.
  • Alan Tudyk's third voice acting role as a bird character after Ice Age (2002) (as Dab the Dodo) and Moana (2016) (as Hei Hei the Chicken) the latter of which being made by Walt Disney Pictures.
  • When Aladdin and Genie are first speaking in the desert, Carpet can be seen in the background making a sand castle in the form of the Disney logo castle.
  • Unlike the constantly shirtless Aladdin in the original film and the Broadway show, Mena Massoud's Aladdin in this version does not appear shirtless and is completely covered up for the entire film. Ever since the release of the first look and trailer, costumer designer Michael Wilkinson revealed that it was "the question on everyone's lips." He said the reasoning was that "We thought having so much skin showing on Aladdin for the whole film would be quite distracting on a human actor as opposed to a cartoon character." Producer Dan Lin added, "He found a shirt. The (animated) movie was done in 1992. Some things are inappropriate these days for families." The super-hit Broadway Aladdin show with live actors replicates the original movie's look and shows Aladdin bare-chested with actors who sport bulging abs and pecs and critics of this movie said that covering up Mena Massoud was a conservative move by Disney. Actor Mena Massoud meanwhile is a gym junkie and posted several shirtless pictures on social media during the filming and promotion of the film showing off his rippling physique even though it was not featured in the film. In addition Jasmine's outfit was also changed in this film for the same reason of avoiding showing off too much skin to make it more family appropriate since her animated counterpart received criticism due to her appearance.
  • When the Genie shows Aladdin a floating scroll, the drawing contains Aladdin, the Genie and the Sultan in their animated forms from Aladdin (1992).
  • During the scene when Aladdin asks Genie to "make him a prince", Genie produces an actual prince in the background. The prince is dressed in colors of pink & lime green, the same colors in the title logo & a nod to Will Smith's comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990). So, the Genie created the Fresh Prince for Aladdin.
  • During the market scene right before the song "One Jump Ahead" you can hear a vendor say "sugar dates & pistachios". This is a direct line from the 1992 original animation
  • Will Smith said that he wanted to bring more hip hop to Disney movies, during the song "Friend Like Me" he whispers during the lyric "..whisper what it is you want...", this was done in the same style as the Ying Yang Twins "Wait (the Whisper Song)" 2005
  • While Aladdin and Genie talk in the desert just after they've met, the magic carpet builds the Disney castle out of sand.
  • Unlike the shapeless flabby genie of the original film, director Guy Ritchie purposefully portrayed Will Smith's genie with a bodybuilder physique complete with bulging biceps, swollen pecs and ripped six pack abs. He explained to EW, "There's a particular type of physicality that I grew up with that I was keen on - that 1970s body builder look - not inflicted by steroids but by lifting vast amounts of weight and eating vast amounts of food. So I want a genie with abs." Will Smith said, "Their (1970s bodybuilders) upper body is really huge and the legs are small 'cause they never do leg day." Ritchie added, "I did want a traditional demigod, someone who looked like a big, strong muscular 70s bodybuilding dad - a physically imposing but avuncular figure - big enough to feel like a force, but not like he was counting his calories." Ritchie told Empire that he also wanted his Genie to be egotistical - he liked the idea that "the wisest entity in the physical sphere happens to be really vain." To showcase his vanity, the Genie is seen flexing his enormous biceps multiple times in the film. He's also seen pumping iron in the form doing bicep curls with a very heavy dumbbell and bench press with a massive barb-bell along with a skipping rope and hula-hoop to remain ripped. He also does various bodybuilding poses in front of a mirror while checking out his muscles. It should be noted that highly sculpted physique shown in the film was created using CGI and is not Smith's actual physique.
  • Alan Tudyk (Iago) once collaborated with the late Robin Williams, who voiced Genie in the original 1992 animated film in Patch Adams (1998).
  • At the beginning of the film, the children ask their father to tell them a story with song. He refuses but in the same breath begins his story (with song). Like a good father - and genie - he obeyed his children's "wishes.".
  • When Aladdin is shown 'Ababwa' on a map by Genie, the map also features Disneyland locations: Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland and the Magic Kingdom.
  • At the beginning of the "Friend Like Me" number, Abu is given cymbals. This is a reference to him being briefly turned into a toy monkey with cymbals in Aladdin (1992).
  • In the "Friend Like Me" number, the Carpet does the Carlton dance from Will Smith's comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990).
  • The "Prince Ali" song has the lyric "Sunday Salaam" changed to "Friday Salaam". This is actually accurate, as the holy day for Muslims is Friday not Sunday. This song does not have a reprise in this film. It was sung by Jafar in the animated film.
  • During "A Whole New World", the Carpet flies over the Pridelands of The Lion King (2019).
  • A number of Hakim's character traits in this film are based around the character Razoul from the animated Aladdin continuity (who was voiced by Jim Cummings, but was not named until Aladdin and the Return of Jafar (1994)). In addition the animated Aladdin series also had a character named Hakim who was one of the lower guards instead of the captain of the guards.
  • In "Hitch," Hitch (Will Smith) is a professional "date doctor," giving advice to single men on how to woo women, but he ends up being bumbling and inept when wooing women on his own. Similarly, the Genie (also Smith) gives Aladdin plenty of advice on wooing Jasmine, and the Genie ends up acting bumbling and inept when wooing Dahlia for himself.
  • Rayane Bensetti auditioned for the role of Aladdin.
  • After Genie rescues the group from the cave, Carpet is seen building a sand castle, a castle that looks exactly like the Disney castle logo, and the carpet even throws sand over it, to represent the arch seen over top the iconic animated symbol.
  • Both this film and the original animated film released the same year as animated film from 20th Century Fox that stars the actor to portray Genie. The original 1992 animated film released the same year as FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992) which had Robin Williams voicing Batty Koda, whilst the 2019 live action reboot released the same year as Spies in Disguise (2019) which had Will Smith voicing Lance Sterling.
  • In the German dub, Michael Pan reprises his role as Iago.
  • Walt Disney Pictures' sixth live-action remake.
  • Walt Disney Pictures' sixth live-action adaption to be a remake after Cinderella (2015), The Jungle Book (2016), Pete's Dragon (2016), The Beauty and The Beast (2017), and Dumbo (2019). This does not include Alice in Wonderland (2010) which was completely different and not based on the original animated classic in 1951, the same said for Christopher Robin (2018) which was a sequel to Winnie the Pooh (2011) opposed to being a remake.
  • In a scene where Aladdin is sneaking into the palace he mimics moves that are made in the original video game " Prince of Persia".
  • Iago is a scarlet macaw, a species native to the tropical Americas. There is no way one could be living in the Middle East at the time this film is set in.
  • Priyom Haider was a strong consideration for Aladdin because of his look and physique to be ideal and has played the character in different Aladdin projects.
  • The name Jasmine comes from the Persian 'Yasameen', which means "gift of God".
  • Jasmine and Dalia are flowers' names.
  • Naomi Scott almost lost the role of Jasmine to Indian actress Tara Sutaria. But director Guy Ritchie finally went for Naomi, mainly because he found she had a better on screen chemistry with co-star Mena Massoud.

Spoilers

  • Lago turning into a giant bird is a tribute to the roc, a giant bird from the Arabian Nights tale Sinbad, the Sailor (1947).
  • Jafar is transformed into a giant red genie by Genie during the final battle.
  • The Genie begins and ends the film as telling the fairy tale to his children. In Aladdin (1992), a peddler provided a prologue to the film, though he didn't appear at the ending. However, an alternative ending featured the peddler revealing himself to be the Genie. This is also where the Genie was originally going to say, "Made you look!" and end the film.
  • The Genie and his family live on a lamp-shaped boat. The boat represents Genie's own wish for freedom and to go anywhere he wishes, and its shape represents his previous residence.
  • In the original animated film, Genie after having been wished for his freedom at the end still retains his magical powers (with semi-cosmic powers and all the space he can get with his lamp becoming a home instead of a prison), whilst in the live action reboot Genie becomes human and loses his powers entirely. This mainly has to do with the fact that unlike the original animated film, this film would remain as a stand-alone film rather than have movie sequels and a TV show spin-off that were released after the original film.
  • In the original animated film when Jafar became a powerful sorcerer from his 2nd wish given to him after stealing the lamp, one of his powers included shape shifting, which he was able to do by becoming a massive Cobra that's about half the size of Agrabah Palace when facing off Aladdin. He does not have that power in the live action reboot, instead using his powers to change Iago into a massive bird that's about the size of a hut to face off against Aladdin.
  • Aladdin and Jasmine got married at the end, but in the original animated film they only ended up engaged. They didn't get married until the third and final installment Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996).
  • this Film's Version of Jafar's Obsession with not "being Second Rate" to anyone, Specifically the Genie, is most likely in reference to the Direct to Video Aladdin Sequel, the Return of Jafar, in which the Villain sings a Song called "You're Only Second Rate," describing how much more powerful he is compared to the Genie.
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