Disney finally reveals cast for live-action 'Aladdin'

  • Disney finally reveals cast for live-action 'Aladdin'

Disney finally reveals cast for live-action 'Aladdin'

A-list actor Will Smith has been cast to play Genie in the live-action remake of the hit film Aladdin.

Scott and Massoud will star in Aladdin alongside Will Smith, who will play The Genie - a role that has become synonymous with Robin Williams after the late actor's star vocal turn in the beloved 1992 animated version.

Disney has come under fierce criticism for choosing not to cast a non-Arab actor in the new Aladdin film. Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott will soon be landing themselves the keys for their magic carpet. "The fantastic Genie will be played by the equally incredible Will Smith", Bailey said.

Guy Ritchie ('The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,' "Snatched") is attached to direct, with John August ('Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, ' Big Fish') providing the script.

Naomi Scott, seen recently in Power Rangers, will slip into the skin of Jasmine. She joins Aladdin as a Disney veteran, having starred as Mohini "Mo" Banarjee in the Disney Channel original movie Lemonade Mouth and as Megan in Disney series Life Bites. While no one is questioning her talent, many fans are quite disappointed because she is British and Indian, not Middle Eastern.

Born to Egyptian parents and raised in Canada, Massoud is a relative newcomer to the American scene, yet he has already kicked off his career in the Canadian cinema and television market. On the first day, we learned a lot about the upcoming Disney and Pixar animated films. Popular names, such as Dev Patel and Rizwan "Riz" Ahmed, were among those considered by the studio.