Disney Officially Casts Live-Action Aladdin, Jasmine & Genie

Disney Officially Casts Live-Action Aladdin, Jasmine & Genie

Disney Officially Casts Live-Action Aladdin, Jasmine & Genie

Disney unveiled Mena Massoud to play the title role of Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, with Will Smith starring as Genie.

Perhaps most exciting, however, is that Will Smith will play the Genie.

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After a troubling report earlier in the week about Disney having trouble finding their leads for their upcoming live action adaptation of the animated Aladdin, our concerns have been laid to rest with the new casting news from the D23 Expo.

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.

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John August, whose credits include "Big Fish", wrote the new "Aladdin" script. Dan Lin, who produced Ritchie's two "Sherlock Holmes" movies for Warner Bros., is also producing "Aladdin" through his Lin Pictures company. That's not least that they need to find someone to play the villain, Jafar, as well as various other roles.

At the Live panel announcing the upcoming roster of Disney movies and remakes, the full main Aladdin trio was revealed. She is repped by WME, United Agents and Echo Lake Entertainment.

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