The leads for Guy Ritchie’s live-action adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin have been announced. Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud will play Aladdin, alongside English actress Naomi Scott as Jasmine. Will Smith will step into the iconic role of Genie, played by the late Robin Williams in the original animated adaptation.

Jon Favreau revealed footage of his forthcoming live-action adaptation the Lion King and the clip is earning rave reviews. Donald Glover will voice Simba, with James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa Mufasa. Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen will play the much-loved Timon and Pumbaa and John Oliver will play he faithful Zazu. No other casting announcements were made.

Lasse Hallström ‘s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is set to hit theatres in Nov 2018, bumping the Mulan release to 2019. The adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fairytale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King stars Mackenzie Foy as Clara, Keira Knightley as Sugar Plum Fairy, Morgan Freeman as Drosselmeyer, Helen Mirren as Mother Ginger, Eugenio Derbez as the Flower Realm King, Miranda Hart as the Drew Drop Fairy, Ellie Bamber as Louise, Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Stahlbaum and Misty Copeland as The Ballerina.

Mulan, starring Ming-Na Wen and Eddie Murphy, has no official release date as yet but Tim Burton’s live-action remake of the 1941 animated film Dumbo is now slated for March 29 2019. Dumbo stars Colin Farrell as Holt Farrier, a former circus star who cares for Dumbo, Eva Green as Colette Marchant, a French trapeze artist who performs at the circus, Michael Keaton as V.A. Vandemere, playing an archetypal villainous businessman and Danny DeVito as Max Medici,who runs a small circus that gets acquired by Vandemere.

 

 

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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

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