Live Ac­tion AlAddin will be em­pow­er­ing

The Sunday Guardian - - The Week -

LOS AN­GE­LES: The new live ac­tion adap­ta­tion of 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 tune re­vivals, two new songs would also be added to the mix.

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 and 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

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