Saturday, 22 July, 2017

Action Aladdin casts Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud

Winfrey, DuVernay Tease 'A Wrinkle in Time' Aladdin finds its lead actor in Jack Ryan actor, Will Smith to voice Genie
Felix Bryan | 16 July, 2017, 00:09

Disney announces the cast of Guy Ritchie's live-action Aladdin includes Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith in lead roles.

Bailey also reiterated that "the awesome Genie will be played by the equally incredible Will Smith".

Aladdin is one of Disney's most beloved and successful classics earning more than $504 million worldwide and the characters are prominent at the company's theme parks. Ritchie did not confirm or deny the rumor when he was asked in May about Smith's alleged role, E! Scott will snuggle up to her pet tiger Rajah as Princess Jasmine. The duo join the only other talent cast for the Disney musical, Will Smith, who will be playing the Genie.

Massoud is part of the cast of Amazon's Jack Ryan series starring John Krasinski, and previously appeared in the TeenNick series Open Heart.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "finding a male lead in his 20s who can act and sing has proven hard - especially since the studio wants someone of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent".

Aladdin is now set to start shooting in August. Scott, a British actress and singer whose mother hails from Northern India, recently starred in the Power Rangers reboot as the Pink Ranger.

There's still no release date for Aladdin, but we are following the story and will update as soon as a date is revealed.

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