Last updated on May 15th, 2019
The live-action movie “Aladdin” is all set to hit the theatres across the world, next week. However, the movie is close to the heart of people belonging to the region it is based in: The Gulf. Similar to the original animated version, story of the film also revolves across the deserts of the Arab region.
Considering the importance that the Middle East has in the movie, the cast of Walt Disney’s “Aladdin” on Monday paid a visit to Jordan, which is home to the ancient Arabian monuments and natural reserves.
Director Guy Ritchie was accompanied by the three lead actors – Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Will Smith – at a press junket held in Amman to promote the film. The cast shared their experiences shooting the film.
Egyptian-Canadian actor Massoud, who is playing the character of Aladdin in the movie, was seen speaking Arabic at the event. “Inshallah, may God bring more happy days to the Arab and Muslim communities and Ramadan Kareem,” he said.
Jordan is one of the locations that Disney used for filming certain major parts of the live-action movie. The famous destination of the Arab nation, the Wadi Rum desert in the south would be seen in some scenes of the movie, which were shot to maintain the authenticity of the story. Besides, the production also received assistance in filming from the Royal Film Commission of Jordan.
During their Monday visit, the cast was also joined by Royal Film Commission’s chairman, Prince Ali bin Hussein at the screening that took place after the press conference.
Smith, who will be seen playing the iconic Genie character, expressed his gratitude towards the country and its people on Instagram.
Sharing a short video of the four of them at the Amman Citadel, he said, “Thank you to the Royal Family and the People of Jordan for allowing our #Aladdin family to film in your Gorgeous country!”
Besides, Massoud echoed the feeling on his official Twitter account, writing, “To the great People of Jordan and the Royal Family – your generosity and beauty will forever be remembered by all of us in #Aladdin.”
The visit was a part of the international press tour of the “Aladdin” team, following which they are scheduled to visit Mexico and Japan.
The movie in the Gulf region will be released a day earlier than the official release date, that is, May 23, 2019. While the entire world is excited for the movie, can we expect it to be better than the animated version?