Aladdin And Jasmine Announced For Disney’s Live Action ALADDIN
It’s a whole new world now that we have a cast for Disney’s upcoming live-action Aladdin.
During Disney’s D23 Expo presentation today, Disney production President Sean Bailey announced that Mena Massoud will star as Aladdin, while “Power Rangers’” Naomi Scott will play Jasmine. Will Smith had been previously announced as the Genie. It will be directed by Guy Ritchie.
Bailey also said that the film would be an adaptation of both the 1992 animated movie, as well as 1001 Arabian Nights. They also revealed that the live action version of Agrabah will be a ‘vibrant cosmopolitan city’ drawing inspiration from the Middle East, India and parts of China.
Will Smith was first reported by THR last week, but has now been confirmed. He will be playing the role made famous by the late Robin Williams, who voiced the Genie in Aladdin and the sequel Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
Massoud is a largely unknown actor with just 17 credits to his name on IMDB, including several episodes of the Canadian TV show Open Heart. He’ll next appear in the Amazon series Jack Ryan alongside John Krasinski.
Scott, meanwhile, made her blockbuster debut earlier this year as the Pink Ranger in March’s Power Rangers. She previously appeared in a 2011 Disney Channel movie called Lemonade Mouth, and sang on the film’s soundtrack.
An official release date has not been set, though Aladdin was not included in their 2017-2019 lineup.
Lion actor Dev Patel and Star Wars star Riz Ahmed were both rumored to be in contention for the role in Ritchie’s take of the 1992 Disney animated classic.
With two relative newcomers set to play the film’s leading roles, the studio is reportedly interested in snagging a “known quantity” for the role of the villain Jafar.
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