Over the course of the past 5 months there has been a lot of uncertainty about which characters from Disney’s classic animated film Aladdin will appear in the upcoming live-action remake. In particular the smaller side characters Rajah (who has recently reported to appear) and Iago. But there is another character we haven’t heard much about as of yet, until now Abu Aladdin’s best friend.
When Entertainment Weekly reported the Rajah appearance, we got with our source close to the production who also confirmed the report, and we have have been told Aladdin’s best friend Abu will indeed make an appearance as well.
It is not known if the character will be cgi, or real a Capuchin monkey like the ones we have seen throughout the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise, it is also rumored that Frank Walker could return to voice Abu as well.
Now we do have to state this has not been confirmed by Disney officially as of yet, so take it with a grain of salt for now.
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.Original Aladdin composer Alen Menken is on board to compose the remake. With Oscar winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land) on board to write new music for the film.
Aladdin will hit theaters on May 24, 2019.