Pro dancer from Potters Bar appears alongside Will Smith in remake of Disney's Aladdin
PUBLISHED: 06:56 07 March 2019 | UPDATED: 10:40 07 March 2019
A professional dancer from Potters Bar will appear alongside Will Smith in an upcoming remake of a Disney classic.
Luke Johnson is among the core dancers in the highly-anticipated new film Aladdin, directed by Hatfield-born Guy Ritchie and starring Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Smith as the Genie.
Johnson, who attended Chancellor’s School in Brookmans Park as a child, described the role as one of the most iconic jobs in his five-year professional career.
“This was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said.
“It was always one of my favourite Disney films as a kid and to be part of the remake was such an unreal experience.”
Johnson has worked with a number of big names in the music industry, including Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, but never previously had a role on a movie set.
He made it through a tough audition process to secure the role and got to feature in multiple dance scenes in Aladdin.
“It was the first film for me to ever work on and it was fascinating to experience its creation firsthand,” Johnson said.
He admitted it was “absolutely crazy” to work with Smith.
“Since I was a child I have watched him in movies and TV and always looked up to him,” Johnson said.
“He’s one of my favourite actors so getting the chance to meet him and work with him is something I will never forget”.
After school, Johnson attended Chickenshed, which led him to study Dance and Fitness at Buckinghamshire New University.
He left after finishing his first year then started training in prestigious dance studios from London and Los Angeles. Since becoming a professional dancer, Johnson has shared the stage with artists such as Janet Jackson, Little Mix, Liam Payne, Black Eyed Peas, Louisa Johnson and Fleur East.
“Travelling and performing with these artists has been such an incredible journey,” Johnson said.
“Getting to share the stage with every single one of them in the biggest arenas and stadiums in the UK and worldwide has been a dream come true.”
A live-action remake of the 1992 Disney animation of the same name, Aladdin is set for release on May 24.