Disney has finally found its starts that will portray Aladdin, Jasmine, and Genie, making every Disney fan nothing but excited for the live-action remake of Aladdin. The announcement was made in the recent D23 Expo held on Sunday. Here's a look into the current casting of the upcoming movie.
— Mena Massoud (@MenaMassoud) July 15, 2017
Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud is set to take on the role of the titular character who was originally voiced by Scott Weinger. He first appeared as a terrorist in the TV Series Nikita back in 2011.
Princess Jasmine will be played by 23-year old English actress Naomi Scott, who previously starred as Kimberly Hart/Pink Ranger in Power Rangers. The character was previous voiced by Linda Larkin.
Confirming the gossip that has been spreading over the internet recently, Will Smith will be portraying Genie which was originally made famous by Robin Williams.
The upcoming remake of the classic Disney film will be directed by Guy Ritchie, who also directed Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and King Arthur. It will go back to the original Arabian folktale One Thousand and One Nights and will be taking inspiration from the Middle East, India, and China to bring the fictional city of Agrabah to life.
The animated film Aladdin is said to be the highest grossing film when it was released in 1992, and has won Academy Awards for Best Score and Best Song for “A Whole New World”.