Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” features a brand-new song for Princess Jasmine, “Speechless.”
Producer Dan Lin told INSIDER that as Disney updated Jasmine’s character for 2019, the idea to give her a song was natural.
“We basically needed an anthem for Naomi, and for Jasmine,” Lin told INSIDER.
“Aladdin” will be available on digital release on Tuesday, August 27 and Blu-ray on Tuesday, September 10.
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“Speechless” was the breakout song of Disney’s live-action “Aladdin.”
The empowering song, which wasn’t featured in the 1992 animated movie, was added to give a much-needed update to one of the most beloved Disney princesses.
“The original movie felt like [Jasmine] was the Disney princess who was just looking for love,” producer Dan Lin told INSIDER.
“We wanted to have our version of a Disney princess, a modern-day version of it where she is looking to lead and that’s ultimately the character that Naomi [Scott] plays,” Lin said of the changes made to Jasmine, which helped inspire her new song.
“Speechless,” which Scott sings near the film’s end, shows Jasmine stand up to Jafar, the Sultan’s vizier, after constantly being belittled by him throughout the film.
“She’d been kept down by Jafar and his cronies,” said Lin. “And ultimately she’d see that Agrabah needs to change and needs to be brought to the modern-day and pushes back and fights back and ultimately is a voice for change.”
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Original “Aladdin” composer Alan Menken and lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul were brought in early during production. As they saw how the story was evolving for the live-action adaptation, the idea for the song came naturally.
“It was clear to us as the script was developing that this …read more
Source:: Business Insider