Aladdin sequel in the works at Disney

Disney executives are reportedly working on a sequel to the live-action version of Aladdin.Directed by Guy Ritchie, the adaptation of the studio’s 1992 animated movie of the same name followed street urchin Aladdin (Mena Massoud) as he falls in love wi…

Disney executives are reportedly working on a sequel to the live-action version of Aladdin.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, the adaptation of the studio’s 1992 animated movie of the same name followed street urchin Aladdin (Mena Massoud) as he falls in love with Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and befriends the wish-granting Genie (Will Smith).

While Aladdin received mixed reviews from critics when it premiered last May, it grossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office, and on Wednesday, editors at Variety reported that producers are in the “early” phases of developing a follow-up.

Sources claimed writers John Gatins and Andrea Berloff are involved, while executive producer Ryan Halprin and producers Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich are apparently also back on board for a second film.

At present, it is not known if Ritchie plans to return, though the producers are reportedly keen for the central cast members to reprise their roles.

And while the original animated Disney movie Aladdin had two straight-to-video sequels, it’s believed this movie won’t be based on any of those films.

The news comes after star Massoud admitted he was struggling to find his feet in Hollywood, despite receiving praise for his performance in the flick.

“I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it,” the 28-year-old told The Daily Beast last year. “I want people to know that it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like Aladdin: ‘He must have made millions. He must be getting all these offers.’ It’s none of those things. I haven’t had a single audition since Aladdin came out.”

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Matthew McConaughey kept hold of custom The Gentlemen suits

Matthew McConaughey walked away from the set of The Gentlemen with a whole new wardrobe.The Oscar winner portrays suave drug lord Mickey Pearson in the new Guy Ritchie crime drama, with the British director tapping costume designer Michael Wilkinson to…

Matthew McConaughey walked away from the set of The Gentlemen with a whole new wardrobe.

The Oscar winner portrays suave drug lord Mickey Pearson in the new Guy Ritchie crime drama, with the British director tapping costume designer Michael Wilkinson to have the character’s suits made from scratch.

“We wanted to create an original, very specific look for Matthew’s character, Mickey Pearson, so we decided to make all of his suits ourselves using our amazing tailor, Sheikh Ali, who constructed the suits in his workroom in Manchester (England),” Wilkinson told The Hollywood Reporter.

“His costumes show a modern take on classic English tailoring – extremely high quality but with a younger, less constrictive vibe. Matthew wears his suits like a second skin. His character is absolutely at ease with his status. I chose luxurious fabrics for the suits to exemplify classic English tailoring, woven from beautiful wools, cashmeres and silks.”

And McConaughey was such a big fan of the outfits, he was allowed to snag a few for his own suit collection.

“He said they were the most comfortable suits he’s ever worn,” the style guru shared. “Because of the way we cut the suits, and because there was so much cashmere in the fabrics, the suits were soft, light-weight and moulded to his body.

“Fortunately, we had doubles of a lot of them because of the stunts in the show, so the film company still has some of his suits in their archives.”

Meanwhile, McConaughey has thanked Ritchie and Wilkinson for his new style, revealing his wife, Camila Alves, is a big fan of his smarter look.

“Guy has an eye for detail and specific likes and dislikes when it comes to clothing and fashion,” the 50-year-old commented. “They are very defined, and I’ve taken his lead because he’s got some good ideas and great style. I’m happy to be wearing it, because I’m really not as stylish… My wife is getting quite a kick out of it.”

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Charlie Hunnam blames ‘miscasting’ for King Arthur flop

Charlie Hunnam believes his 2017 movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword flopped because a piece of miscasting “crippled” the storyline.The British actor played the titular character in Guy Ritchie’s 2017 fantasy drama, alongside Jude Law, Eric Bana and…

Charlie Hunnam believes his 2017 movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword flopped because a piece of miscasting “crippled” the storyline.

The British actor played the titular character in Guy Ritchie’s 2017 fantasy drama, alongside Jude Law, Eric Bana and Djimon Hounsou, and the movie was critically panned and bombed at the box office.

During a recent radio interview with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM, Charlie revealed he’d like to revisit the film because the team encountered many problems during production, including a role being miscast.

“I’d like to go back to King Arthur because there’s a lot of things went wrong during that and a lot of things that were out of our control,” he candidly explained. “I just don’t think we ended up matching the aspiration – we just didn’t quite make the movie we wanted.”

When asked what was one of the biggest things to go wrong, the 39-year-old cryptically replied, “There was a piece of miscasting that ended up crippling the central storyline. It’s actually not in the film anymore.”

He didn’t divulge who was miscast in the movie.

Back in 2017, director Guy told Entertainment Weekly that his original cut of the movie was more than three hours long, but was hacked down to just over two hours before its release.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Sons of Anarchy star explained there was a plan to make King Arthur into a franchise if the first film had been a success.

“The idea was that if it was a success, we would’ve made several of those films, and I’m really captivated by the Arthurian legends and I just feel like we really missed an opportunity to tell a long-form story,” Charlie lamented.

The fantasy epic, which cost more than $175 million (£134 million) to produce, made just $146 million (£112 million) worldwide.

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Michelle Dockery enjoyed using Essex accent for The Gentlemen

Michelle Dockery loved taking a break from playing well-spoken characters and reverting back to her native Essex accent for her role in The Gentlemen.The British actress rose to fame playing the upper-class Lady Mary Crawley in TV show Downton Abbey be…

Michelle Dockery loved taking a break from playing well-spoken characters and reverting back to her native Essex accent for her role in The Gentlemen.

The British actress rose to fame playing the upper-class Lady Mary Crawley in TV show Downton Abbey between 2010 and 2015 and then showed off her ability to do an American accent with shows like Good Behavior and Godless.

For Guy Ritchie’s latest crime caper, Dockery plays Rosalind, the wife of Matthew McConaughey’s Mickey, and she relished being able to use her regular voice.

“It came quite naturally. I grew up in Essex. There’s a way of talking I grew up around,” she told Tatler magazine. “And finally, being able to play a character whose accent has an Essex sound, as mine does – I loved that… I’ve been playing well-spoken for so long, to do something closer to my roots was so much fun.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Dockery confessed she struggled getting used to the fame that came with starring in the hit period drama, but it’s “something she now accepts” and she is grateful to Downton Abbey for putting her in a position in which she can slow down if she wants to.

“I was in one of the biggest shows in the world. It’s very rare something like that happens. I certainly wasn’t expecting it,” the 38-year-old, who appeared in the show’s movie instalment earlier this year, said. “But it’s put me in a position now where I can slow down. This business, it never really stops. You do something, you promote it, you’re on to the next job. I’m learning I need to find ways to switch off. Unwind.”

The Gentlemen, also starring Charlie Hunnam, Hugh Grant, and Henry Golding, hits cinemas from 1 January.

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Mena Massoud hasn’t had an audition since Aladdin

Aladdin star Mena Massoud hasn’t had a single audition since the release of the hit Disney movie.The 28-year-old actor has spoken out about his career struggles, revealing he is “tired” of following agents’ advice and pretending that he’s been hugely s…

Aladdin star Mena Massoud hasn’t had a single audition since the release of the hit Disney movie.

The 28-year-old actor has spoken out about his career struggles, revealing he is “tired” of following agents’ advice and pretending that he’s been hugely successful since the live-action blockbuster, which was directed by Guy Ritchie.

“I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it,” he told The Daily Beast. “I want people to know that it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like Aladdin. ‘He must have made millions. He must be getting all these offers’. It’s none of those things. I haven’t had a single audition since Aladdin came out.

“It’s wild to a lot of people… People have these ideas in their head. It’s like, I’m sitting here being like, OK, Aladdin just hit $1 billion. Can I at least get an audition? Like I’m not expecting you to be like, here’s Batman. But can I just get in the room? Like, can you just give me a chance? So it’s not always what you think.”

The Egypt-born Canadian, who will next be seen in the Hulu series Reprisal, has been open about his struggles as an actor of colour, which led him to launch the Ethnically Diverse Artists Foundation to help under-represented artists in September.

“I feel like I’m going to be overlooked and underestimated for a long time because I am a young actor,” he added. “I’m an up-and-comer in the sense that I’ve been doing this for 10 years, but to a lot of people, Aladdin’s the first thing they’ve seen me in. So I think I’m going to be viewed that way for a long time. I’m going to have to work at chipping away at that.”

Aladdin, which was released in May, also starred Naomi Scott and Will Smith and has made more than $1 billion (£769 million) at the worldwide box office.

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Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie reunite for new action thriller

Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie are reuniting for a remake of French action-thriller Le Convoyeur.The original 2004 movie starred Albert Dupontel as security guard H, who has an ulterior motive when he takes a job with an armoured truck company that is r…

Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie are reuniting for a remake of French action-thriller Le Convoyeur.

The original 2004 movie starred Albert Dupontel as security guard H, who has an ulterior motive when he takes a job with an armoured truck company that is responsible for moving hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles every week.

Ritchie is set to direct, with Statham as his leading man, after Miramax won the rights to the French movie.

According to Deadline, the as-yet-untitled film will follow the perspectives of different characters and feature a star-studded ensemble cast, similar to the British filmmaker’s previous movies.

“I’m looking forward to bringing this story to life and working with Jason while he still has the use of his knees,” Ritchie told Deadline.

Miramax boss Bill Block and Ivan Atkinson will produce the film, which will be a follow-up to Ritchie’s upcoming thriller The Gentlemen, which stars Matthew McConaughey, Henry Golding and Colin Farrell, and is also being released by the studio.

“Working again with Guy Ritchie on our second collaboration together, alongside renowned actor Jason Statham, is a privilege, and we anticipate that the tone and flavour of these two longtime friends will resurrect nothing less than a true, genre classic,” Block said.

It will be the first time that Ritchie and Statham have worked together since 2000’s Snatch, which also starred Brad Pitt, Stephen Graham, and Benicio Del Toro.

The remake was originally supposed to be called Cash Truck and star Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock and directed by Josef Wladyka, according to Collider. The story would’ve followed Bullock playing a down-on-her-luck American who takes a job in London.

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Naomi Scott could barely leave bed during eczema flare-ups

Naomi Scott’s eczema problems were so bad during her teens she found it hard to get out of bed at times. The 26-year-old is opening up about her battle with the chronic skin condition in the hope that other young women will look to her for inspiration…

Naomi Scott’s eczema problems were so bad during her teens she found it hard to get out of bed at times.

The 26-year-old is opening up about her battle with the chronic skin condition in the hope that other young women will look to her for inspiration.

“You know those days where you want to stay in bed, where you can’t move your neck because it’s so sore? I’m with you,” she told fans during a candid interview with Teen Vogue. “And I guarantee you, the more you own it, the more you feel confident… This is something I wanted to speak on specifically for this interview because Teen Vogue, for me, has a real no BS (no bulls**t) honesty thing.”

She also revealed that she had her worst-ever bout of eczema as she began filming her role as Jasmine in Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake of the Disney animated classic, Aladdin.

“I thought that maybe after filming it would all simmer down, but it erupted,” Scott said. “It was all over my body, I was itching at night, and every night (there was) blood on the sheets.”

She decided to stop disguising the dry patches and scars on the final press tour for Aladdin and believes her openness could help teens grappling with their own imperfections.

“If I, out of all people, am honest about my imperfections, then I might just make… I think of a 14-year-old girl and (how) it could make her feel just that bit better: ‘Oh, she has it and she plays Jasmine (in Aladdin),'” the actress commented.

Scott also discussed her ethnicity, revealing it was difficult to find her place in Hollywood due to her Indian heritage.

“There’s a thing of someone (being) like… ‘She’s not white, she’s not black, she’s not Latina, what is she?’ There were definitely a few leads that I went for, where I think, ultimately, I was maybe, ‘The other choice’, ‘The exotic choice,'” she added.

However, Scott’s career is really taking off now, and she will next begin promoting the new Charlie’s Angels revamp, also starring Kristen Stewart and Ella Balinska.

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Disney considering live-action Aladdin sequel

Producers of Disney’s live-action Aladdin are “exploring” a possible sequel.The musical spectacle, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, was released back in May, and has made more than $1 billion (£827 million…

Producers of Disney’s live-action Aladdin are “exploring” a possible sequel.

The musical spectacle, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, was released back in May, and has made more than $1 billion (£827 million) at the worldwide box office.

Now, producer Dan Lin has revealed a possible reinterpretation of Aladdin’s original animated sequel, The Return of Jafar, could be on the cards.

“We certainly, when we first made the movie, wanted to just make the best movie we could and let audiences tell us if they wanted to see more. And I would say resoundingly audiences want to see more. They’ve watched this movie multiple times. We have lots of fan letters about people who really go back and they bring their friends and bring their family,” he told CBR.

“And so we feel like there’s more story to tell. We are going to treat it the same way we treat the original Aladdin movie and not going to do a shot by shot remake of anything that’s been done before. We’re really looking at what’s been done before in the past and the home video, and there’s just more story to tell with the underlying materials… So without giving away too much, we are certainly exploring where we can go with this franchise.”

Massoud, who played the title character in the live-action remake, previously told Collider he’d “absolutely” be onboard for a Return of Jafar adaptation.

The original Aladdin was released in 1992 and followed up with direct-to-video sequels, 1994’s The Return of Jafar and 1996’s Aladdin and the King of Thieves.

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Aladdin’s Marwan Kenzari joins Charlize Theron in The Old Guard

Aladdin actor Marwan Kenzari is to star opposite Charlize Theron in action flick The Old Guard.The Dutch star has been a regular on the big and small screen in his native Netherlands for the past 11 years, but his casting as Jafar in Guy Ritchie’s live…

Aladdin actor Marwan Kenzari is to star opposite Charlize Theron in action flick The Old Guard.

The Dutch star has been a regular on the big and small screen in his native Netherlands for the past 11 years, but his casting as Jafar in Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin remake has introduced Marwan to a global audience.

Now, according to editors at Variety, the 36-year-old has been hired to star alongside Charlize in her latest project, a film based on the comic by writer Greg Rucka and artist Leandro Fernandez, about old soldiers who never die, finding themselves trapped in immortality without explanation.

The Secret Life of Bees director Gina Prince-Bythewood is helming the movie, for Skydance and Netflix, while Charlize and her partners at her Denver and Delilah production company, Beth Kono and AJ Dix, are co-producing with Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger.

If Beale Street Could Talk actress KiKi Layne is starring too.

As well as filming The Old Guard, Marwan is busy with Dutch dramas De Oost and Instinct.

Meanwhile, Charlize has lent her voice to the new The Addams Family animated flick, where she plays Morticia Addams, a part made famous by Anjelica Huston in the 1991 film. Chloe Grace Moretz, Oscar Isaac, Allison Janney, Bette Midler, Finn Wolfhard make up the all-star voice cast, with the movie coming out in October.

The South African actress is also appearing in the Untitled Roger Ailes Project, while a follow-up to 2017’s Atomic Blonde is now in the works.

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Will Smith humbled by Aladdin’s box office success

Will Smith is “humbled and honoured” after his latest film Aladdin soared to the top of the North American box office over the Memorial Day weekend.The live-action remake of Disney’s famous 1992 animated classic took in $112.7 million (£88.6 million) …

Will Smith is “humbled and honoured” after his latest film Aladdin soared to the top of the North American box office over the Memorial Day weekend.

The live-action remake of Disney’s famous 1992 animated classic took in $112.7 million (£88.6 million) over the four-day weekend in the U.S., making it the fifth best Memorial Day weekend debut, ahead of 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, which hauled in $110.5 million (£87 million).

Only Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End made more for the studio over the same occasion.

The film, which globally made $207.1 (£163.4 million) on its opening weekend, is also director Guy Ritchie’s best opening and Will’s second best behind Suicide Squad.

“Thank You to Everybody who came out this weekend. #Aladdin. We LOVE this Movie! We are humbled & honoured that you are feeling the same,” Will, who stars as Genie, posted to his 32 million Instagram followers, next to a snap of him and Mena Massoud, who plays Aladdin.

Mena posted his own message, revealing his joy at working with Will and Guy.

Next to a black and white image of him grinning with the Hollywood pair, he wrote: “Grew up watching @willsmith. The boys & I would get together on holidays & put on a classic Smith flick – he always brought so much passion to whatever he did.

“And when I grew up, @guyritchie films became staples. The style, the colour, the innovation, the performances he brought to his projects were just so unique. It’s been an absolute dream working with these two gentlemen. As a young man in the industry, I couldn’t have asked for better mentors, inspirations & collaborators. Their talents are unparalleled & their hearts are made of gold. To Will & Guy: thank you for being diamonds in the rough.”

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