At this year’s D23 Expo in Burbank, Calif., we learned the status of several Disney projects in the works. Among them is the upcoming live-action remake of the animated classic, Aladdin.
Details have trickled in since the film was first announced in 2016, but most of the cast was a mystery. Now, we’ve gathered a few more details about the movie, some of which have been met with controversy.
1. Mena Massoud is Aladdin
Disney has been feeling the heat surrounding Hollywood’s habitual whitewashing and clearly made an effort to separate their name from that effort. From the beginning, producer Dan Lin claimed that their plan was to “make a movie that’s authentic to that world.”
This was difficult because Agrabah, the city in which the movie is set, is fictional, though it is generally agreed upon that it takes place somewhere in the Middle East. So not everyone was happy when it was announced that newcomer Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud was cast in the title role.