Disney’s live-action Aladdin will feature two new songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the Academy Award-winning songwriters behind The Greatest Showman and La La Land. The songwriters worked with original Aladdin Composer Alan Menken.
Pasek and Paul were interviewed by Variety and had this to say, “We got to collaborate with one of our heroes, Alan Menken. We collaborated with him and wrote the lyrics for two new songs for Aladdin.”
The cast for Aladdin includes Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan) as Aladdin, Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) as Jasmine, Will Smith (Bad Boys) as the iconic Genie, Marwan Kenzari (The Mummy 2017) as the villainous Jafar, Numan Acar (Prison Break) as Head of the guards Akim, Navid Negahban (Homeland) as The Sultan, Nasim Pedrad (SNL) as Mara and Billy Magnussen (Into The Woods) as Prince Anders. Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) will direct.
Aladdin will hit theaters on May 24, 2019.