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La La Land and The Greatest Showman songwriters to pen new tracks for Disney's live-action Aladdin
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La La Land and The Greatest Showman songwriters to pen new tracks for Disney's live-action Aladdin

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the songwriting team responsible for La La Land and The Greatest Showman, have signed up to provide new songs for Disney's new live-action adaptation of Aladdin. 

Guy Ritchie is currently working on the new adaptation, which will feature Power Rangers star Naomi Scott, newcomer Mena Massoud and Will Smith in key roles. 

Speaking to Variety, Pasek said the pair had worked on two new tracks with Alan Menken, the Oscar-winning composer of many of the songs for Disney's animated classics, including the original Aladdin. 

He said: "We got to collaborate with one of our heroes, Alan Menken, and we collaborated with him and wrote the lyrics for two new songs for Aladdin, that's coming out next year. Just being in the studio with him, and getting to suck him dry for all the stories, and get to pick his brain [was great]... We probably delayed work for several weeks."

Aladdin tells the story of a street urchin who vies for the love of a beautiful princess named Jasmine. To try and win her affections he uses a genie's magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her, only to run into serious trouble along the way. 

The re-telling had originally been billed as a prequel but is now a more straightforward live-action re-telling with a script from Big Fish writer John August. 

Scott, who played Pink Ranger in this year's Power Rangers reboot, will play Jasmine, with Massoud, who has had small roles in medical dramas Open Heart and Saving Hope, takes the title role. Smith will play the genie, while Murder On The Orient Express's Marwan Kenzari will play the villain Jafar. 

You can check out both La La Land and The Greatest Showman, as well as the soundtrack to both movies, here in hmv's online store. 

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