Naomi Scott in Brandon Maxwell at the LA ‘Aladdin’ premiere: Disney princess?

Premiere Of Disney's "Aladdin"

Here are some photos from last night’s LA premiere of Aladdin, the live-action Disney remake which no one really asked for. I mean, I’m not trying to set this film up for failure, but I’m just not on the whole “let’s do live action remakes of all these animated Disney classics!” But Beauty and the Beast was a massive success, and people are looking forward to The Lion King, so we’re getting Aladdin too.

Mena Massoud stars as Aladdin, and Naomi Scott stars as Jasmine. Mena wore Givenchy, a diagonal-pattern suit which looks okay. Naomi wore Brandon Maxwell – a pink ballgown which looks very Disney. The ballgown is what is – I mean, it’s not my style, but I bet millions of little girls will love it and they’ll think Naomi is the most beautiful princess ever, which is sort of cool. The thing I like the least here is Naomi’s top-knot – her hair is pulled too tight. I also think her lipstick is wrong, but whatever!

Premiere Of Disney's "Aladdin"

Premiere Of Disney's "Aladdin"

Premiere Of Disney's "Aladdin"

Will Smith plays Genie and if the trailer is any indication, he’s terrifying. Will brought two of his kids and his wife to the premiere – Jaden Smith is missing, but Trey and Willow were there, and Will and Jada were handsy with each other, as always. Will’s suit is the best, I love it.

Premiere Of Disney's "Aladdin"

Premiere Of Disney's "Aladdin"

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    I am looking forward to this more than the Lion King, TBH. But I’m also one who does not need all these live action remakes. I have seen the live action Beauty and the Beast, but when my kids and I want to watch Beauty and the Beast, we go for the original, which is amazing IMO.

    Naomi looks gorgeous, I don’t love the hair, but the rest is so pretty that I’m okay with it. that dress is the kind of dress I would wear to a Disney movie premiere if I was playing a Disney princess, lol.

    I’m also looking forward to will smith as the genie. I think he was a good pick because he’s not going to try to recreate Robin Williams. He’ll do his own thing.

  2. runcmc says:

    Man, Will’s kids really are stunning. How old is Willow now? I ask because I’m curious if she has graduated high school/talked about college at all. Since we know she’s not interested in staying in the entertainment industry I wonder what she’s gonna do.

    That’s all I got really. I’m gonna watch this because I’m a chump, but I’m not excited about it.

  3. Vexa says:

    I love everything about Naomi’s look; the dress is extra but she pulls it off and the hair and lipstick stop it being too sugary. The only thing that ruins it is that weird slash over her tummy….?? What’s going on there??

    I’m really not interested in this movie but I’m sure it will make a billion dollars. It does annoy me that Guy Ritchie is allowed to fail upwards over and over again though.

    • dlc says:

      I agree, I think the hair gives the dress a fun twist it wouldn’t have if she had gone for big princess hair. I also like that the guys went for fun looks instead of phoning it in, fashion wise.

    • CityGirl says:

      I think her face is perfection

  4. Eyeroll says:

    Naomi looks beautiful. I agree the hair is too tight. No opinions on Mena or Will. Willow looks great though. Was the guy playing Jafar not there? Apparently he sucks in the movie. The movie is actually getting decent reviews and critics saying it’s better than Beauty and the Beast’s remake, which is surprising after the lame trailers. It’s obviously not great, but apparently the leads (except Jafar) are great and Will really sells it with his Genie performance. The leads having chemistry already make it better than what Emma Watson and whoever played the Beast did. Even though I wasn’t a fan of the original Aladdin growing up, I was planning to watch because I like Naomi Scott. Glad the reviews aren’t like Dumbo’s for her sake.

  5. Scal says:

    I don’t get how-but clearly someone is going to see these live action remakes as nearly all of them have made big bucks right? They’ll keep making them as long as people keep paying.

    Maleficant, Cinderella, Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland and Snow White all made big bucks to right? Dumbo not so much.

    • Eliza says:

      I think Aladdin will bomb. It looks so static. Which is odd in what amounts to a fantasy action/ adventure.

  6. Jane says:

    Just not that excited about this movie. When I think of Jasmine, I think of a middle eastern woman, not a half South Asian woman. It’s so easy to find a middle eastern actor when it comes to playing the villain, but not the lead. 🙄 Even the Genie shoulda been played my a middle eastern actor. It’s a folk lore rooted in Arabic culture. Casting a different racial group to play a part intended to be played by a different racial is still problematic even if played by a POC.

    • Katashae says:

      This. I just cannot get behind this casting. WHY NOT cast an actor from the region of origin? It bugs.

    • ME says:

      Agree that Princess Jasmine should have been played by an Arabic actress…though I am sure Naomi is a great actress, she just isn’t Princess Jasmine for me personally. In the movie you can see the producers just mixed and matched “brown cultures”. There is some Arabic influence but also A LOT of Bollywood influence. It makes no sense ! Us brown people are not all the same.

    • mtam says:

      I agree Jane. And it really bothers me they got such a light-skinned actress to play Jasmine, one of the darker-skinned disney characters (for comparison, even darker than Aladdin).

      It also bothers me that in these pictures it looks like she went pretty heavy on the self tanner (something the production also made the extras in this movie do in order to pass as POCs).

      People give Adriana crap about that, claiming she is trying to appear darker, and they gave Zoe Zaldana crap about it too when she played Nina Simone (and rightfully so), but i guess people are okay if Naomi Scott does it for a movie.

      • BorderMollie says:

        This bugged me too. She looks at best like a tanned European in the trailer, which is not right for Jasmine. Also, the movie itself looks absolutely horrible.

  7. Case says:

    I LOVED the live action Beauty and the Beast (it’s my favorite Disney movie, so I’m glad they got it right), but I’m worried about Aladdin. From all the clips and trailers I’ve seen it looks very bright and beautiful, but somehow still unremarkable. IDK.

  8. meagle says:

    Woman of Arab descent here, significantly lighter than Naomi Scott. We come in all colors, including very white. No problem with that aspect of the casting. The wooden acting is another story!

  9. serena says:

    Honestly I hate these remakes and I didn’t like Beauty and the Beast one bit (although I love Emma Watson..), but this has me hyped up! I loved the trailer and I guess it doesn’t hurt that Will Smith is amazing, also I loved how he mentioned in every interview Robin Williams, my all time favourite actor.