Disney has scored some major hits over the last few years with its live action take and twists on its classic tales. Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty & The Beast were all well-received; and the company has announced its plans to create films out of Mulan, The Little Mermaid, Winnie The Pooh, The Lion King, and Aladdin! Honestly out of all the live action films we are anticipating it is Aladdin we are most excited out. It seems like a no-brainer that this should be the next film in line to become live action, and the rumor mill is turning that casting is already taking place.
Disney has truly found itself a new niche with these amazing live action films over the last few years.
Maleficent definitely led the way, but the company’s current live action feature, Beauty and The Beast takes the cake!
This film is nothing short of epic and does an amazing job of adapting the original animated film to a live action format!
The film is based on Belle (Emma Watson), a “funny girl,” and inventor who shares her love for art, learning, and invention with her doting father, Maurice. Belle tires of her “provincial life” in her little village where everything is the same day to day. She longs for adventure and something more than a regular life. Beautiful and intelligent, her attributes earn her the affections of the arrogant and narcissistic village “hero,” Gaston (Luke Evans). However, Belle soon gets more than what she bargained for out of life when she finds her father has been imprisoned by The Beast (Dan Stevens) and selflessly takes his place. Whereas Belle sees herself as his prisoner, she is single-handedly the last best hope The Beast and his servants have to regain their humanity.
A special screening of the film, the #BeOurGuestATL event, was hosted by Rolling Out correspondent, Romeo International, with artist and dancer, Saidah Nairobi; who has performed with mega artists including Beyoncé, Ciara and Usher. Saidah Nairobi recently released her debut single “We Are” available now.
Donald Glover (aka “Childish Gambino), may very well be having the best year ever!
Not only will he be a young Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo Star Wars movie, his hit series Atlanta won a number of Golden Globes, and now he has been cast in the role of a lifetime in Disney’s The Lion King remake! It has been reported that the rapper/singer turned actor will voice the film’s protagonist, Simba!
As you recall, Disney has been remaking its animated films into live action movies; Maleficent, Cinderella, Pete’s Dragon, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and The Beast have already been released or are soon to debut. Live actions films based on Aladdin’s Genie, and The Little Mermaid are already in the works. The Lion King, however, stands out as the “creme de la creme” of animated films, holding the title of the highest grossing animated film of all time. Its live action remake may very well prove to be the shining jewel in Disney’s new approach to these classic films.