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– by Anthony Esteves

 

This Friday, Disney’s Aladdin, the Guy Richie-directed live-action remake of the animated classic, hits theaters. In what is already a box office filled with blockbuster hits (Avengers: EndgameDetective Pikachu, and John Wick), this is the second of three Disney remakes hitting theaters in 2019. Tim Burton’s Dumbo hit theaters in late March and Jon Favreau’s The Lion King will be released July 19th.

Related – Aladdin: Mena Massoud on Reimagination of Disney Animation with Singing, Dancing and Parkour [Exclusive Interview]

Earlier this week, LRM Online had the opportunity to be a part of the big premiere and press con Disney hosted for the film, which featured stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and director Richie. During the event, Scott responded to a question regarding what it was like to have a new, original song written for her Princess Jasmine character and how that song resonates today:

“So the fact that they wrote a song and I get to sing it, first of all, I was like wow. That’s already surreal. But also then when I heard it and just the words and the lyrics and how timely it was, the message behind the song and the idea of not going speechless, that everyone has a voice, doesn’t matter who you are, doesn’t matter what you look like, doesn’t matter what your gender, your voice matters. And speaking out against injustice matters. Not just standing by and being a spectator. So yeah…

But it was really emotional because I wanted it to feel raw. And I wanted it to feel like it’s what she’s going through in that moment. And we did some of it live as well which was a different type of challenge. And yeah, you know, it’s out there. The song is for me, it’s like, it’s the world’s song. Like whatever it will be, it will be. And then whatever people take from it, they will take. I’m just obviously very blessed to be the person to kind of embody it in the movie.”

You can take a look at the song above, which was released earlier today.

Disney’s Aladdin hits theaters tomorrow and is expected to dominate the Memorial Day weekend. Will you be one of the many rushing to theaters this weekend? Leave your comments below!

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Source: Aladdin Press Conference.