Disney announces cast for live action Aladdin, 2017-2019 film slate

Kelly Massey
July 16, 2017

The Guy Ritchie-directed film will star Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud, formerly best known for his role in Jack Ryan.

Disney has let its heart decide who to cast as its live-action Aladdin and Jasmine, and not a moment too soon.

The film will also star Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as Genie, Disney said.

Guy Ritchie, who has always been rumoured as the director was also confirmed as the man behind the camera. Massoud is a relative newcomer to Hollywood with only a few credits to his name.

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New Live-Action Remake: Mena Massoud. Also confirmed at the expo is the previously speculated Will Smith in the role of the Genie. He initially took interest in taking on the lead role in Dumbo, but later backed out due to scheduling conflicts. In the animated Aladdin, Robin Williams voiced the character and created one of the most famous Disney Animated characters. Start dream-casting Jafar! However, reports suggest Ritchie is considering Tom Hardy to play the film's main antagonist since he is a huge fan of the actor's work.

Dan Lin will produce the project under his Lin Pictures banner and Jonathan Eirich will executive produce.

He is granted three wishes by a genie trapped in a lamp which he used to make himself a prince so he can marry her, while evil Jafar tries to ruin his plan.

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