Sunday, February 22, 2015

Jamillah and Aladdin casting news

Back in November a casting call went out on Screenterrier for a new CBBC project set to film in South Africa.

Filming is now underway for the next 3 months on location in South Africa on the CBeebies and CBBC co-commissioned series Jamillah & Aladdin

The series stars newcomer Blossom Campbell (represented by BAM Entertainment) as Jamillah, a 21st century London girl who stumbles upon a curious lamp in her attic, and is transported back to ancient Baghdad by the lamp’s resident comical genie (played by Leroy Osei-Bonsu), where she meets Aladdin.

Aladdin, a street-smart young boy who knows the city like the back of his hand is played by 12 year old Wilson Radjou-Pujalte (represented by Top Talent Agency).

Aladdin hates household chores (he has a lot of them) and, like Jamillah, dreams of having adventures. He has never met a girl like her before and is amazed, and occasionally horrified, by her actions. She is courageous and bold but he often has to use his charm and quick wit to extricate them both from difficult situations. And, of course they can call on Genie when things get really bad. Sadly, his magic skills are a little rusty so he tends to create as many problems as he tries to solve!

Their adventures lead them through winding back streets of Baghdad where they encounter snake charmers in shady courtyards, mysterious travellers in the bustling bazaar and even get to meet the princess in the sun-filled palace gardens. Lurking in shadowed alleyways are one or two baddies, but together with Genie they are a match for any trickster.

Jamillah and Aladdin is a co-production between Kindle Entertainment, Toonz Entertainment and Mediabiz. The 52 x 14 minutes series is produced by Emma Stuart, the lead director is Rebecca Rycroft and the head writer is Kathy Waugh.

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