Filming for the live-action version of Aladdin is well underway. While we are excited to see this classic 1992 film brought to life on the big screen, we are curious about some of the changes for the film.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Naomi Scott (Jasmine) talked about the updates to her character and what we can expect from Jasmine.
First of all, Jasmine will be a well-rounded character. (Not that she wasn’t before, but in the final act she did devolve into a prize for Aladdin and Jafar.)
Scott said, “Being a female character is also about being a real person, and guess what? [She] can be strong and have fun, but also get it wrong and be emotional. She’s a multidimensional woman, and she doesn’t have to just be one thing. So in this movie, you see her go on such a roller coaster, as opposed to her one goal being to fall in love or get married.”
One way to help round out Jasmine is by giving her a human friend in addition to her tiger, Rajah. According to Scott, this handmaiden, Dalia, played by Nasim Pedrad, will reveal another side of the Princess.
“The Dalia character is so important to this movie because she’s the only other female character. She may be the handmaiden but they’re best friends; they’re so close because they’ve grown up together. So we wanted people to watch the movie and see Jasmine’s relationship with another woman, and be like, ‘Ah, that’s what I’m like with my girlfriend,’ or ‘We would so do that if I was in that position.’ That’s something that’s missing from the animation.”
More importantly, we will see Jasmine as a potential leader of Agrabah in the film as well.
“You really get in this adaptation of the movie that her heart is for her people, and her main objective is what’s best for her kingdom. And you really get a sense that she has those leadership qualities within her.”
Aladdin will hit screens in May 2019.