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From 'She's so Gone' to 'A Whole New World': the rise of Aladdin star Naomi Scott

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Get ready to journey back to the fantastical kingdom of Agrabah when Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin flies into Cineworld on 22nd May.

After getting our first look at the film's trailer, there are plenty of reasons why we can't wait to revisit this Disney classic. And one of the main reasons has to be the casting of rising star Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine.

How exactly did British actor Scott manage to attain this whole new world of stardom, especially given that Aladdin is only her third feature film role? Here's everything you need to know about her...

A star is born

Born in May 1993 to mother Usha, a Ugandan-born Indian, and English father Christopher Scott, who are both pastors in a north-east London church, Naomi grew up in London where she attended Davenant Foundation School in Essex.

Between her studies and regular missionary and outreach work with the church, it was clear that young Scott was destined to be a performer. Starring in numerous school musicals alongside singing in a youth band as part of her church, Scott got her big break at the age of 15 when she was discovered by British pop star Kéllé Bryan, who was one part of 1990s girl group Eternal, best known for their number one smash hit 'I Wanna Be the Only One'.

Scott was signed as a client and worked with songwriters and producers for Xenomania, the team responsible for the success of Girls Aloud and the Sugababes. Unfortunately the material Scott recorded with the company was never released, but that didn't stop this star-to-be from getting her talent out there.


Scott lands at Disney

In 2009, Scott got her first major screen role in the second series of Disney Channel UK's high school sketch show Life Bites as Megan. It wasn't until the following year, however, that she got her first big taste of fame when she was cast in Disney Channel film Lemonade Mouth (2011).

She was cast as bassist and backing vocalist Mohini "Mo" Banjaree in the titular band alongside other Disney alumni Bridgit Mendler and Adam Hicks, after a producer found a video of Scott performing 'Joyful Joyful' as part of a school production of Sister Act.

Adapted from the novel of the same name by Mark Peter Hughes, Lemonade Mouth follows the journey of five high schoolers who meet in detention and discover they have great musical chemistry. After some encouragement from the music teacher, they form a band together to stand for what they believe is right.

Although Mendler is the band's lead vocalist, Scott nevertheless got a chance to show us her lungs of steel in her powerhouse performance of rocking track 'She's So Gone'.




Scott launches her own music career

Following Lemonade Mouth, Scott joined the cast of the short-lived Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series Terra Nova as teenager Maddy Shannon.

After the show's abrupt cancelation, however, Scott took the opportunity to return to her original love of music, independently launching her debut EP Invisible Division in 2014 followed by her second EP Promises in 2016.

Moreover, during her Paris fashion week debut in March 2018 (that's right, Scott does modelling too), she told website WWD that she's got plans for a third EP us in the near future.


Scott hits Hollywood

Lemonade Mouth may have been Scott's first taste of filming in America, but it wasn't until 2015 that she made her big screen debut in docudrama The 33, which starred Antonio Banderas and chronicled the real-life events of the 2010 mining accident that saw a group of Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days.

Later that year she was set to feature in Ridley Scott's multi Oscar-nominated sci-fi thriller The Martian in a bit part, but in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel she revealed that her scene was unexpectedly cut from the film.

Despite her Martian mishap 2015 still ended on a triumphant note for the actor as she was listed as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow 2015 alongside the likes of Alex Lawther (Goodbye Christopher Robin and Ghost Stories); and they weren't wrong.




Mighty Morphin' Naomi time

In 2017, Scott made it to the Hollywood big leagues when she co-starred as Kimberly Hart (the Pink Ranger) in action blockbuster Power Rangers.

The Power Rangers reboot was primarily modelled on the premise of TV's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (itself adapted from Japanese TV show Super Sentai), in which a group of teenagers inadvertently stumble upon futuristic technology that transforms them into high-flying action heroes to defend the world from alien threats.

Although the film gathered mixed reviews, the young cast received a relatively warm reception, with some critics comparing their bantering tone to that of John Hughes classic The Breakfast Club. Regardless of the apathy towards the movie, Scott had established herself on the Hollywood scene, which paved the way for what was to come...


Aladdin and beyond

After getting her big break with Disney, it's perhaps only fitting that Scott now returns to the studio with the live-action Aladdin movie.

She is set to give an independent twist on the beloved Princess Jasmine character, starring opposite Mena Massoud (Amazon's Jack Ryan) as the title character under the guidance of director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes). Lending A-list support is Will Smith as our brand new Genie.

"I saw her as a young woman, not a teenager, with a mature strength that can cut you down," Scott told British Vogue. "So I said to them, 'Just to let you know, I want to play her strong, and if that's not what you're looking for, that's OK, but it's not for me.'"

If Scott's musical track record is anything to go by, then we have no doubts that she'll be one of the best aspects of the film - did you hear her rendition of 'A Whole New World' in the trailer? 

And as if a leading role in Aladdin wasn't enough, she's also set to appear in the Elisabeth Banks-directed reboot of cult TV series Charlie's Angels, starring as one of the titular Angels alongside Kristen Stewart and Ella Ballinsko.

Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin

Aladdin arrives in Cineworld on 22nd May.

Andy Murray is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.