Disney dropped extended footage of Aladdin this evening. This gave fans their first look at Will Smith’s blue-skinned Genie. This also happened to give us the first look at Naomi Scott’s Jasmine’s pet tiger Rajah.
First Look At Jasmine’s Tiger Rajah In Aladdin
Rajah serves as Jasmine’s primary friend and protector in Aladdin. Initial reports denied Rajah’s presence in Aladdin, but it seems like they are certainly involved in the film.
Rajah was replaced by Dalia, a character played by Nasim Pedrad. Scott also stated the importance of the introduction after the animated version of the movie saw Jasmine as a lone female character in a major role.
“I never realized it, but in the animation, Jasmine is really the only female character — isn’t that crazy?” Scott said. “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.”
Naomi Scott Talks About Playing Jasmine
Scott teased how the makers have changed Jasmine to make her mesh more with the modern times.
“There are so many amazing new things about the character in this adaptation — I could literally go on for an hour! Everyone involved in this project weren’t afraid to really just rip things down and start again, especially the Princess Jasmine character, because it’s so important to get that right,” Scott told THR.
“[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,” she continued. “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.”
Aladdin is directed by Guy Ritchie, with a script written alongside Vanessa Taylor and John August. The film stars Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Billy Magnussen, Will Smith and more.
Here is a latest trailer of Aladdin:
Aladdin is set to release on May 24.