Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Disney casts live-action Aladdin stars, Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott!

Disney casts live-action Aladdin stars, Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott!

Meanwhile, Will Smith will step into the role of the Genie, the character who was previously voiced by the late Robin Williams.

Will Smith is among the first names to be confirmed for Disney's forthcoming live-action remake of Aladdin.

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After months of searching Disney revealed that newcomer Mena Massoud will be playing Aladdin, while Power Rangers star Naomi Scott has secured the role of Princess Jasmine. He'll next appear in the Amazon series "Jack Ryan" alongside John Krasinski. It will be directed by Guy Ritchie.

Apparently over 2,000 actors auditioned for the role of Aladdin, with Disney looking at the likes of Dev Patel and Riz Ahmed, before deciding that Massoud was their man.

'There have been conversations and, although nothing is set in stone and things are subject to change, he's certainly one of Guy's favoured choices.

After a search that was publicly giving Disney some major difficulties, someone will be showing you a whole new world and hopping on a magic carpet soon enough. The announcement came with a pointed, veiled from Bailey about The Hollywood Reporter's article on the studio's hard finding their young male lead. News of this issue incited backlash, fans of the series putting together sizable lists of young stars who fit the bill, both in talent and appropriate ethnicity.

"But it has to be avery fast discovery process because at this point shooting is supposed to start in August".

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