Cast of Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ takes a ride to Jordan

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Director Guy Ritchie and the cast of Aladdin. (Disney)
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Will Smith, Naomi Scott, and Menna Massoud. (Disney)
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Aladdin hits the theaters next week. (Disney)
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The cast and crew attended a press junket in Amman. (Disney)
Updated 14 May 2019

Cast of Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ takes a ride to Jordan

  • Director Guy Ritchie was joined by actors Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Will Smith at a press junket in Amman
  • The team attended a screening after the press conference

DUBAI: The cast of the upcoming live-action version of Disney’s “Aladdin” visited Jordan on Monday to promote the film, ahead of its wider Gulf release.

Director Guy Ritchie was joined by  actors Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Will Smith at a press junket in Amman, where the actors talked about their experiences shooting the film.

The press event also saw Egyptian-Canadian actor Massoud speaking in Arabic: “Inshallah, may God bring more happy days to the Arab and Muslim communities and Ramadan Kareem” he said.

Jordan’s Wadi Rum, a famous desert destination in the country’s south, was one of the locations where some major scenes were shot.

Smith, who plays the iconic Genie character, took to Instagram to thank the “Royal Family and the People of Jordan for allowing our Aladdin family to film in your gorgeous country.”

A short video showed four of them at the Amman Citadel, another tourist destination in Jordan.

Massoud echoed Smith’s gratitude to the people of Jordan and the royal family on his Twitter account.

The team attended a screening after the press conference, and they were joined by Prince Ali bin Hussein, the chairman of Jordan’s Royal Film Commission.

They will head to Mexico and Japan as part of their international press tour. 


'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' claims No. 1 over 'Joker' in US Box Office

Updated 20 October 2019

'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' claims No. 1 over 'Joker' in US Box Office

  • The film starring grossed $36 million in North America and $117 million internationally in its first weekend in theaters

LOS ANGELES: The Walt Disney Co.'s "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" has knocked "Joker" out of the No. 1 spot at the box office, but just barely.
Studios on Sunday estimate that the film starring Angelina Jolie grossed $36 million in North America and $117 million internationally in its first weekend in theaters. The first film had a much stronger domestic showing, opening to nearly $70 million domestically in 2014.
Warner Bros.' "Joker" landed in second place in its third weekend with $29.2 million. The villain origin story has grossed over $247 million domestically.
Third place went to another sequel, Columbia Pictures' "Zombieland: Double Tap" with $26.7 million. The R-rated comedy comes 10 years after the original.
And in limited release, Taika Waititi's Nazi satire "Jojo Rabbit" opened in five theaters with a strong $350,000.