Disney Announces The Lead Actors For Guy Ritchie's Live-Action Aladdin

Jul 16, 2017, 00:58
Disney Announces The Lead Actors For Guy Ritchie's Live-Action Aladdin

Disney is eyeing more live-action remakes of its hit movies. According to Disney, which announced the casting at the D23 Expo, Massoud will join Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as Genie.

The news officially confirms the rumors that Will Smith will step into the role so famously played by Robin Williams in 1992.

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And while established stars like Riz Ahmed ("Rogue One: A Star Wars Story") and Dev Patel ("Slumdog Millionaire") were flagged by the studio, the film ended up casting a newcomer for the coveted role. While it will use that film as a template, it will also look further afield, drawing on the source material, 1001 Arabian Nights.

Disney has let its heart decide who to cast as its live-action Aladdin and Jasmine, and not a moment too soon. Scott, a British actress and singer whose mother hails from Northern India, recently starred in the Power Rangers reboot as the Pink Ranger. It was proving more hard than the studio imagined to find actors of Middle Eastern descent.

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Will Smith will voice the Genie.

Before we get to see Aladdin in cinemas, Mena Massoud will star in Tom Clancy Amazon TV series Jack Ryan. And his name is Mena Massoud. Dan Lin, who worked with Ritchie in the two Sherlock Holmes movies, is producing Aladdin.

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Aladdin is set to begin shooting in August in London.

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