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Disney Finds Its Leads To Join Will Smith As Genie in Live-Action 'Aladdin'

Disney has found Aladdin and Princess Jasmine for its live-action reboot of the story.

The studio announced at its D23 Expo that Canadian actor Mena Massoud, who stars Amazon series 'Jack Ryan', will play the lead alongside 'Terra Nova' and 'Power Rangers' star Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine.

Massoud was born in Egypt and raised in Canada while Scott is a British actress whose mother hails from India.

Will Smith is confirmed to play the Genie, which was a role made infamous by Robin Williams in the animated classic.

Disney had a tough time casting the leads, which pushed back production. They reportedly also considered 'Slumdog Millionaire' star Dev Patel and 'The Night Of's Riz Ahmed.

It is still casting for villain Jafar, who will likely be played by a more recognized name, the monkey Abu, and the tiger Raja.

Guy Ritchie will direct the live-action, musical update much in the style of its recent 'Beauty and the Beast'.

Disney also announced a live-action 'Dumbo' helmed by Tim Burton and starring Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Eva Green and Danny DeVito.

July 17, 2017 |

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