Rajah Cut Out Of Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin

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Disney might be taking extra steps to make sure that they get the live-action adaptation of Aladdin right, but it seems like the studio's planning to crop out one character and break the hearts of fans.

Naomi Scott, the actress set to play Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin, has just recently confirmed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that the upcoming Disney live-action's is taking out Rajah.

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According to the actress, the tiger will be replaced by Dalia, a handmaiden to be played by Nasim Pedrad.

"I never realized it, but in the animation, Jasmine is really the only female character — isn't that crazy? The Dalia character is so important to this movie because she's the only other female character. She may be the handmaiden but they're best friends; they're so close because they've grown up together. So we wanted people to watch the movie and see Jasmine's relationship with another woman, and be like, ‘Ah, that's what I'm like with my girlfriend,' or ‘We would so do that if I was in that position.' That's something that's missing from the animation."

Not only does it add to the female characters on set, but it also helped Scott on set, saying that she found a friend in Pedrad.

"We're just obsessed with each other, I adore her. She's hilarious and amazing, and as soon as we started working together, we were like, ‘Oh my gosh, why haven't we known each other for so many years?!'"

While Dalia's addition is definitely a progressive choice that adds color to the film, some fan's won't really like the fact that Rajah's been left out of the live-action adaptation. Rajah used to be a staple in the Aladdin movies and television series, serving as the Princess' protector and pet. Maybe Disney could have had both characters instead.

Aladdin is scheduled to premiere on May 24, 2019.

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