Following reports that Disney’s live-action Aladdin film was having trouble finding a lead actor, the studio officially unveiled the lead cast during its presentation at D23 on Saturday.
While the latest rumors seemed to suggest that actor Avan Jogia would land the role of Aladdin, Disney has since confirmed it’s cast Mena Massoud in the titular role, with Naomi Scott confirmed to play Jasmine, and Will Smith set to play the Genie. Smith’s casting, of course, was originally revealed back in April, but this is the first time Disney has confirmed the news.
Massoud has mainly worked in television and is set to star alongside John Krasinski in the forthcoming Jack Ryan television series as Tarek Kassar, while Scott is coming off of Lionsgate’s attempt at rebooting Power Rangers.
Aladdin will follow an incredibly successful stint of Disney live-action remakes that includes Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland and more.
The live-action Aladdin was originally expected to begin a six-month shoot in July, however, casting delays appear to have altered the schedule. With the leads now set, filming should begin relatively soon. The project does not yet have a release date.
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