The Asylum is Making an ALADDIN Mockbuster Film Because They Can
The Asylum is making their own Aladdin movie. I don’t know what to think. I have watched more Asylum films than what is probably healthy for the average person.
This is going to be an interesting one because it straddles the line of mockbuster and original film. The story of Aladdin is in the public domain which means anyone can do anything with it. However, it’s probably going to be released before the Disney version on May 24, 2019. These movies are rarely quality which allows the production team to work really fast, so it is possible.
According to /Film, the cast breakdown has been posted to Actors Access and features the following details. I will warn you that there are some really big spoilers in said breakdowns.
Aladdin: 21 to 29 years old, all ethnicities male. Arab acrobat street performer. Part of a troupe. Smart, funny, honest. Juggles, VERY athletic. and strong.
Shahzadi: 21 to 29 years old, all ethnicities female. Daughter of the Sultan. Beautiful, resourceful and intelligent. She takes over after the passing of her father. Bears the burdens of royalty, but secretly longs for a simpler life.
Vizier Maghreb: 45 to 65 years old, all ethnicities male. Minister to the Sultan and then to the Sultana upon her father’s death. He covets power and the legendary lamp. He hires Aladdin to get it for him. He uses magic and consorts with dark spirits. His goal is to rule the world with Shahzadi at his side. Falls to his death off a cliff.
Genie: 25 to 65 years old, all ethnicities male. Friendly, affable and smart unless you’re on his shit list. Loyal to his friends. Open to actors with non-traditional looks – including those with large, “sumo-sized” body frames.
Naveena: 18 to 25 years old, all ethnicities female. Arab acrobat street performer. Part of a troupe. Samad’s younger sister. The baby of the group. Intelligent. Carries an unrequited torch for Aladdin who treats her like a baby sister.
Samad: 21 to 29 years old, all ethnicities male. Arab acrobat street performer. Part of a troupe. level-headed member of the team. Torn to pieces in the desert while on a mission to stop Maghreb. Open to actors with non-traditional looks.
Zamir: 25 to 40 years old, all ethnicities male. Arab Musician of the street performer group. Plays flute and/or drums. Snarky member of the team. Killed by Maghreb’s dragon. Open to actors with non-traditional looks.
Dariush: 21 to 40 years old, all ethnicities male. LITTLE PERSON. Street performer of the acrobat group. Eldest of the group. Given to quoting Islamic religious phrases (his friends believe that he makes them up on the fly). Dies in quicksand in the desert while on a mission to stop Maghreb.
So, you’ll notice that Jafar seems to have been replaced by Maghreb. That’s because Jafar is a Disney-owned character and I’m pretty sure The Asylum doesn’t have the money for that. That’s ok though since Maghreb seems to be pretty much the same character.
I’m scared guys. Are you going to find their Aladdin whenever it comes out?