The Cast of Aladdin Return to Jordan for Royal Screening
The stars of the live-action adaptation of Aladdin visited Jordan this week as part of the ongoing Magic Carpet World Tour.
A special screening was hosted by HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein with Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and director Guy Ritchie in attendance under Royal Patronage at the Abdali Mall Prime Cinema.
The cast also participated in a press conference organized by the Royal Film Commission – Jordan.
The visit – after stops in London, Paris and Berlin - had special significance as parts of the highly-anticipated musical adventure was filmed in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for several weeks in November 2017.
Guy Ritchie, producers Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, and executive producer Kevin de la Noy decided on Jordan over several countries in the Middle East and North Africa due to its natural beauty and support from the RFC.
“Jordan did not only provide the amazing landscape needed for such a beautiful story, but also all the support needed to make it a success,” says HRH Princess Rym Ali, managing director by interim of the Royal Film Commission – Jordan.
“The Royal Film Commission is committed to helping good stories materialise on screen. And this goes beyond offering production services. Local professional crew are available. We care about training as well as building an audience appreciative of quality movies.”
Along with the existing U.K. crew, 150 locals were hired to help capture the desert vistas for the big screen for Aladdin with the RFC providing valuable support.
In the press conference, the cast spoke of their excitement for filming in the country: “For me it was absolutely spectacular,” said Will Smith, who plays the Genie. “What happens with actors when [they] travel to locations, [is that] everything changes inside of you. When we landed in Jordan, all of a sudden you begin to embody the feelings of the characters,” he explained.
Aladdin will be released in the Middle East on May 23rd.