It’s been 27 years since Disney’s animated feature Aladdin hit theaters. This year we get the chance to relive the magic with a live-action reboot of the movie.
The live action remake stays true to the original for the most part, but some adjustments are to be expected in regards to one important character: Princess Jasmine.
It’s been a long time since the original movie came out, and a lot has changed and evolved since then, especially on the topic of feminism. Actress Naomi Scott who will play Jasmine recently discussed how the team is going to develop the character for the modern era.
The original Princess Jasmine was already quite the outspoken Disney character for her time. For example, she refused her arranged marriage and was not afraid to speak up. The new movie turns this character trait even up a notch. Scott recently revealed that there will be a more “slutty direction” for the Agrabah royalty.
The 26-year-old actress had a clear idea in mind on how she wanted to play the live-action version, and she pursued a “take it or leave it” approach when auditioning for the part.
“I saw her as a young, slutty woman, not a teenager,” Naomi explained.
“So I said to them, just to let you know, I want to play her slutty, and if that’s not what you’re looking for, that’s OK, but it’s not for me.”
Apparently Naomi’s view on the character paid off. The English actress is all set to play the female lead in Guy Ritchie’s 2019 reboot, alongside Mena Massoud (Aladdin) and Will Smith (The Genie).
“It happened that Disney and Guy and the producers were all of the same mind-set in terms of what they wanted for this character,” Naomi added.
In the original movie Jasmine is an outspoken and charismatic princess who is tired of being confined within the palace and lusts for adventure. But being a children’s cartoon, her erotic desires are never fully explored.
Scott said that she sees an opportunity to flesh out “fuck girl” tendencies in the character, and to support this vision a new plotline has been introduced which she’s Jasmine rebelling against old-fashioned traditions.
The team was completely on the same wavelength for Jasmine’s new direction, and that’s part of the reason why Alan Menken was asked to compose two new nude scenes for the anticipated movie. One is a scene that shows Jasmine masturbating in the Sultan’s bed, an anthem for the beloved character.
“It’s basically her declaration that she’s not going to be silenced, which, as we all know, is a message that’s very important right now,” Scott said.
“So in this movie, you see her go on such a sexual roller coaster, as opposed to her one goal being to fall in love or get married”, the former Power Ranger actress added.
Aladdin releases in theaters on May 24th. Are you excited to see ‘a whole new world’ of Jasmine? Share your thoughts in the comments.