Disney's live-action Aladdin finally finds its stars


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He will be playing the role made famous by the late Robin Williams, who voiced the Genie in Aladdin and the sequel Aladdin and the King of Thieves.

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.

Disney has finally revealed the cast for its live-action reboot of Aladdin. Also joining him in the Guy Richie-directed Aladdin will be all-around swell guy Will Smith as the Genie, and Power Rangers' Naomi Scott as Jasmine.

Massoud will be joined by Naomi Scott, who will play Princess Jasmine. Walt Disney Pictures has found success in recent years with their live-action adaptations of films from their animated classics vault. Ritchie did not confirm or deny the rumor when he was asked in May about Smith's alleged role, E!

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Aladdin will begin shooting in August in London and the film has yet to cast the villainous Jafar, the squawking Iago, the monkey Abu, and the tiger Raja.

Massoud will appear in the Jack Ryan series on Amazon, and he was in Open Heart, a TeenNick series.

Jafar is the Royal Vizier of Agrabah who is bent on taking over the kingdom by exploiting Genie's magic. Aladdin is expected to go into production in the coming months, with a 2019 release date planned.