The new live-action adaptation of “Aladdin” will have songs that will be empowering for women, says actor Mena Massoud. Massoud, who plays the titular character, teased that while the 2019 movie would offer plenty of classic “Aladdin” tune revivals, two new songs would also be added to the mix, reports variety.com.
Talking at the GQ Men of the Year party, Massoud first described what it was like to work with Will Smith, who is playing a real-life genie.
“It was amazing. (Will’s) one of the most generous, grounded people in the industry… I’m just so lucky, megastar that he is,” Massoud says.
As for the new sounds that Disney is adding to the world of Agrabah, he said: “We’ve got all the original music in there, plus a couple of new songs. They’re really empowering. I got to say one is very empowering for women, I think people are going to really, really dig it.”
“The other one is awesome as well. We got the same guys who did ‘La La Land’ and ‘The Greatest Showman,’ we’re in good hands.”
But the biggest change could simply be the fact that this cast is made of flesh and bone and not line animation.
“It’s live action. So you get to look into people’s eyes and see what they’re feeling and feel connected to them. And Will’s playing the Genie so that’s a little different too,” Massoud said